Hong Kong LGBT activists in Canada have launched a petition after they were pushed out of the Montreal Pride Parz)C_DRgVB0BY-6vT%G8noY-#zSVIL$!0QWp7fw(LmPbJwgQT&jade.
Orga*YyAa3d25V7U1ep)1Xf-w^To3xLwI$%[email protected]nizers 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-Canadians.
Montreal Pride told HK activists it had received iOQyIB)D0ZSV)([email protected](z!kG&h-_RJ%dnUP5dWSB1wyr1+Q%y^=Hnformation from police 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 papOFQ*_t_Wer=YEYFoQJq=#[email protected]_m+l6R9-LMIGxJcVy0AW)tMSprade to protest against your participation."
"Given the presence of pub[email protected]__1wEUomT0KZ7Ylic figures … we unfortunately have to remove you 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 demonstration in a park in lieu of attending thAz=P#FHP)CaG(nyvbfsqAt7LAzutkuA3-!oc_zD^@mu0K!KKWke parade.
More than 150 people dressed in red, holding 5-star flags of China and singing the Chinese national anthem were spotted at oM85gmM0&Q0Qs%BYLt2Yw7BR!M_+)lLjAzZ)q8w3D5_5NNJkDzthe parade, according to the change.org page.
The reportedly walked along the pah&6Fr^9Q1JR4ElK+kIOfNNsM5r#[email protected]!OdfleRXG!i)R0Avrade route searching for the Hong Kongers.
The petition calls on the CanaF([email protected]@@Te8mEAmvaxAaogJUXFNG*VJ+#(-pqZ!Kk03dian government to uphold the right to freedom expression and to investigate pro-China patriots’ threat to 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 the universal%9oeAZrx3%=z3vXelV&Ndyf=&ypJj!O1Vz0N6p!7540OaU_)4A values like freedom and the right to express themselves from anywhere in the world, including HK."
Hong Kong has seen weeks of pro([email protected]##z4BlityqJW7q#sM#dI5cb1gQ#si83!qwkH%!5+aCRiWIJ-democracy demonstrations which were prompted by a controversial bill permitting extradition from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland.
P0vKj#Eu0)8O6J2!M#)[email protected]$g+pMETohmn+rominent LGBTI rights activists including Denise Ho, who grew up in Montreal, and lawmaker Ray Chan, have also been at the forefront of democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Many people o[email protected](MjHmyN_VCFy+_qvJqY)0A=-enb0^o9b$^3%27N-tPtGun the mainland see the demonstrations as a rejection of China’s sovereignty over the city.