Hong KmA!mVkfk^uWq4W-dqu&)I1=Ew#&Q0fUeDC!%_QjGqD=#THl4XUong LGBT activists in Canada have launched a petition after they were pushed out of the Montreal Pride Parade.
Organizers of a change.org petition say this was the sixth attempt in recent weeks by pro-China groups to disrupt peaceful assemblies/rallies held by Hong Kong-CanadiansoVv0cBhxxnJuClC^[email protected]%iR9klnyXI2yw8!Hc5VIIqg.
Montreal Pride told HK activists it had received information from poli5RlpC_$qqWIId6BQ_e*[email protected]%$o5nQ$aOroQF(d8Qi!1&12lce about "a potential attempt to sabotage the parade by pro-Communists” because of their inclusion in the march.
"Indeed, it seems that some groups would like to intervene in the parade to protest agaimySbBe9bl)[email protected]&E$tZYo7Esj3cl6)nst your participation."
"Given the presence of public figures … we unfortunately have to remove you from the parade for security reasons," organizers said in anZFDORX(BX##uQpLpKRr%K%wOSZp4CT&T+R6q%vZ$FS9JXHGp(8 Aug. 17 email, seen by GaLaTai.
"Disappointed and hurt"
Co-founder of the Hong Kong group, Free HK MTL, Henry Lam told GaLaTai they were "very disappointed and hurt".
"We got removed just because we were bullied. Where's the inclusion and diversity the Pride is promoting?" he asked.
The group held a sep^m%A7%a8&dIPO=B3aG+EWF&1wTz77yYiev)lbtLlQ%XpJcY&P&arate demonstration in a park in lieu of attending the parade.
More than 150 pFw^f=3mTNm(PuV80GwxYEoReH_I^2bZ$R0mK7L5T$X%_(vKPoZeople dressed in red, holding 5-star flags of China and singing the Chinese national anthem were spotted at the parade, according to the change.org page.
The reportedly walked along the parade route searching for the ic0fD(^Nw#=wQX%pf^(n*i1)[email protected]%KXwvsv4NZJHTsfHong Kongers.
The petition calls on the Canadian government to uphold the right to freedom expression and to investigate pro-China patriots’ threat t[email protected]^gkVG#ED#CiiDW&cMk6*MlfdyA0Y*6xRZ!o public safety in Canada.
"The LGBTQ community is a part of the world" Lam explained. "This is essential to let the city and the whole world to be aware that, the LGBTQ people care about t[email protected]&!jt3kfqf0eBvXp64ERL$GW7(#Pkpn^Rhe universal values like freedom and the right to express themselves from anywhere in the world, including HK."
Hong Kong has seen weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations which were prompted by a controversial bill permitGyd6%5YIPuCYtQKvhEc=IOIOs3+&EIDXEwAH%xZJNhx&7woOr2ting extradition from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland.
Prominent LGBTI rights activists including Denise Ho, who grew up in Montreal, and lawmaker Ray Chan, have also been aARDmr$xC7kwmn9!rVqf$G0IP+d3nbkE(67piYn3-93d7G!GrEvt the forefront of democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Many people on the mainland see the demonstrations as a rejection of China’sp7_)iosmFnDISLqvuIM)QNG7BM2kUvePx5djj51c&71itdMfI- sovereignty over the city.