Hong Kong's largest single-day LGBT event, Pink Dot Hoe9JKpgiyG*%##IvDkOzW0MLSxtv7G6p$UbWVnCU$sF@(qpDB+Png Kong, has been cancelled for 2019.
Organizers said "the current political and social unrest, not to mention the escalating Iv8T+-%GwF=G6*[email protected](HZV)GNpLd1v1VUrT$NrXyS7b%[email protected]violence" posed "a high risk to our attendees, sponsors, vendors, artists and volunteers".
Anti-government protests, sparked by a controversial extradition bill that would allow suspected criminalU&$BI(5v4dFJZA%[email protected]$i)94+YRv3kV7!+mQjLJU1vW7D6pvR#s to be extradited to the Chinese mainland, have wracked Hong Kong for three months.
H7Q5=t4leezsamTB+3(5dSb_fO$pcNaUJfvPN8u%wlPRFQJqzqEong Kong Police have been accused of a "grossly unlawful" heavy-handed crackdown on protesters.
Demonstrators demanding democracy for the city, meanwhile, have increasingly resorted to violence, is^*RC^[email protected]#bRYUuO!8xhg5ny2cu$HGS%F3+Mf!cqy2Hncluding vandalising the city's metro system.
Pink Dot on Wednesday sai2&u8&Zhcd#)-pL8nWHy8%ih6uGxIPhO([email protected]*d in a Facebook statement frequent suspensions of the MTR and other public transport, as well as road blockages, would make it difficult for the 10,000 people expected to attend the event to arrive and leave.
"We hope Hong KopEA(9uuMrP$*B6rJZOQ2EQ$LSjmT1(Rxy=vJlNr#i9z_CbINTKng will ride through the storm eventually and we are looking forward to seeing you next year at Pink Dot HK 2020" the statement said.
A lot of netizens voicdpPthf-%fc9PLf)9+LTZ=9DDe&rw*[email protected])sG($E3+Ked their support for Pink Dot and the pro-democracy protests beneath the post.
"Stand with Hong Kong! Love wins!" PaM2K*Y^eIGbErU87CjfEO#dH5*[email protected]trick Chow wrote.
This year was scheduled to be the sixth year of the event, which is inspired by Singapore'-caRH$_4ux+L5KP8ek!XOSe_Mcj*)W2XYUyj(9+YH%r2d)do4gs family-friendly picnic Pink Dot.
Last year it attracted 12,000 attendees and played host to stars including On Chan, Andy Leung, Subyub Lee, Sophy Wong, Vincy Chan (the prototyke lab) and JoAn.