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An LGBT pride parade in theqZkHCso@C(Kf92*4A1_Ucb8gg&)fSJ!sou=0)tVVdq4Twjj()Q South Korean port city of Incheon was held successfully on Saturday.

After last year’s Incheon Queer Culture Festival was marred by violence, hundreds of police kept anti-gay protesters from LGBT attendees and their supporVcm2+bJDDw_6spqW=*d@i(+_FF80-Au!yoYCie0PUK3hlhUlQJters.

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Attendees marched 1.7 kilometers through the city streets, heard speeches from NGOs and activisSP7UGr$@Z5aVAZ$*$WA#e+ZA47GD=ePpuzPP#lOdG*s-d@rWIcts, and, of course, danced to K-pop.

Police and barriers separated the anti-LGBT groups wh*EA-#0iqMB6c0x-Fz5y*tNgdAb3Dloi5E@SHIy5wUqrz__kPt0o gathered to protest the festival. 

Thousands of anti-LGBT protesters gathered at Bupyeong Plaza, according to local media. There was at least one case of a proteVAc26Z!WmyXXtsh(Fiy4t80)8sT1$Ik3lQ_UhzI*9mdCBJ5bHPster attempting to disrupt the gathering.

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Police announced last week some 3,000 personnel would police the festival, according to local media KyeongP&l61ubNG0f$1yavK)gL=N*e8sV7E)2JN1l_Yoy#XrptY61C1sin.

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Last year, anti-WfAazx%5P74Uvdqoc^-uG#sEH9xBwjtxsHUm&-)pW-I5M2bBY+gay protesters physically blocked 300 LGBT supporters from leaving a plaza and beginning the march.

Anti-gay hate

Homosexuality is legal in South Korea. But conservative attitudespFfC_hgx=_=$5!tg**m9TM2N*0X8irxO#*FJ#_QBI@RGT&gHBU, especially among Christians, force many LGBTI Koreans to live in the closet.

There is currently no discrimination legislation to protect LGBTI %Ooh9)p54Y-z1$6E09CWrnfzYMXzjqh=N(LJOnp6QOVgHb5!OaKoreans. Protests against LGBTI events, usually led by conservative Christians, have become increasingly loud and violent.

A 2017 Korean Gallup DaYi2Bpz4AL63Q#jy@*jpZlXWSg*UzMC#6Uw*yPhhd10)71sW*XHily Opinion poll reported 66% of 19-29 year-olds supported same-sex marriage, but 76% of those over 60 opposed it. 

Video shared online shows distressing scenes of protes6f1q8LSy#G%8#G&4n@VXF=V=aD4nD$&thOx+_&Ow)uiULf*S#rters, believed to be conservative Christians, shouting at pride attendees.

They also appear to grab flags, banners, and even atu@D#n40pFMATPfUs_Wg^yYm^&=RxQ*viA^u*if0XMnmw^$y6rWtendees. The pride was attended by a lot of young LGBTI South Koreans who were visibly shaken by the incident.

Police booked eight people involved but did not detain them. Organizers accused the police of failing to 2M4UD@NX14!S(b2b*Dzgm&g!ae(kYsY49-87ksk56NB+y*%1#)stop the violence.

 "We've organized teams of human rights activists and lawyersV#QQ*iRtnfaw^J*LNs_j%1i#djFrhH3c3M1g8rKUTih#6kVKqm to counter any illegitimate action by LGBT hate groups," organizers said in an Aug. 19 tweet.

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