Hong Kong LGBT activists in Canada have launched a petition after they were pushed out of the ON7qs*[email protected]*S=13MrByg*14NZ^HOf0vT^IMontreal Pride Parade.
Organizers of a change.org petition say th2h_*n-BwsbhyYZC_3AbdJ9a26LMP!mO=&77rP42D-5I^bU5qis was the sixth attempt in recent weeks by pro-China groups to disrupt peaceful assemblies/rallies held by Hong Kong-Canadians.
Montreal Pride tolPvfIyCYqQvIH([email protected](([email protected]d HK activists it had received information from police about "a potential attempt to sabotage the parade by pro-Communists” because of their inclusion in the march.
"Indeed, itweLip()Lm+%%PXzN%901yGlIqFppH1meZ+O*[email protected] seems that some groups would like to intervene in the parade to protest against your participation."
"Given the presence of public figures … we unfortunately have to remove yo[email protected]!r$%pW0et0d^XJk=TfIItu from the parade for security reasons," organizers said in an Aug. 17 email, seen by GaLaTai.
"Disappointed and hurt"
Co-founder of the Hong Kong group, Free HK MTL, Henry Lam told GaLaTai they were "very disappointed and hurt".
"We got removed just because we were bullied. Where's the inclusion and diversity the Pride is promoting?" he asked.
The group held a separate demonstrRVF$%=stLSfeFFVEx([email protected]_NNiy3RTqD1s9jHZY))Uation in a park in lieu of attending the parade.
More than 150 people dressed in red, ho@[email protected]%^%ER63MU8MU([email protected]@b63QLPI^jt*B4-N-sGlding 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 th[email protected](_nHBUxBvKZ7e#)W$XX5!+ug#zB1CoaAgo6Ie parade route searching for the Hong Kongers.
The petition calls on the Canadian government to uphold the right to freedom expression and to investigate pro-China patriots’ threat to public safety in!$)iwGcKPr-e&sP3OZ-dD9%uByEhNzx%_+Q*[email protected](2aLPo) 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 the universal values aEsXSDOxeFfehnW%zYLW_+Nj*G-X0!*Arc)Y9NRnAZl0!Dx+)olike freedom and the right to express themselves from anywhere in the world, including HK."
Hong KongPoNQOO2*rIU_Q*m%$2pwbjImdyw9mUOza=4j50!)Gm5m0++anJ has seen weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations which were prompted by a controversial bill permitting extradition from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland.
Prominent LGBTI rights activists including Denise Ho, who grew upq=N*D3)dPA^fiuSd#tF&!+SDPR4+6RMEH$yOmP5(R=jH)&R66- in Montreal, and lawmaker Ray Chan, have also been at the forefront of democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Many people on the mainland see the demonstratiHqnYzkJD1d6FS$5j61DhYm-w=jFXQBD)[email protected])f3oons as a rejection of China’s sovereignty over the city.