Hong Kong's largest single@lvyq*q!)skQ^W+KQZN!XV&hJkeKwT)G)XgSLeg!aTmFlJ4MY)-day LGBT event, Pink Dot Hong Kong, has been cancelled for 2019.
Organizers said "the current political and social unrest, not to mention the escalating violence" posed "a high risk to our aRgOUINyu$JWo52oBbSMTRIFFEq7Gs*[email protected](UESrOL6r2hsFttendees, sponsors, vendors, artists and volunteers".
Anti-government protests, sparked by a controversial extradition bill that would allow suspected criminals to be extradited to the Chinese mainland, have wracked Hong[email protected]$2LvZPJL9Enq%pn*NCAS Kong for three months.
Hong Kong Police have been accused of a "grossly unlenGYS($Y#49p8JXoKn)S*lLP^fft-=B88V##nII&mw49gBqB5vawful" heavy-handed crackdown on protesters.
DemonstratorsSK#C*[email protected]%UzYEBaFhg)Assgu%7Bm++0mLr=n0$Y5#U demanding democracy for the city, meanwhile, have increasingly resorted to violence, including vandalising the city's metro system.
Pink Dot on Wednesday said in a Facebook statement frequent suspensions of the MTR and other public transport, as well as road blockages, would make it difficult for the 10,000 people expd$!!ozTXC$zLB*[email protected])5xmLDRkbp_%8ected to attend the event to arrive and leave.
"We hope Hong Kong will ride through the storm eventually and we are looking forward to seeing youyvmGudnHOhmGNAj(9Juae%[email protected]+-sZ4xtXR7i! next year at Pink Dot HK 2020" the statement said.
A lot of netizens voiced their support for Pi*qvXk%&&8c7tiJ07^jnroFqI#zNH=%pEF&2BOBuTb96+IkIXfmnk Dot and the pro-democracy protests beneath the post.
"Stand with Hong Kong! Love wins!" dXTqo^6KSbVOf*PY9UzT&Z!#zLUAur(qq)Mh6OiiG=hE7*-i+rPatrick Chow wrote.
This year was scheduled to be the sixth year [email protected]^u+BQw9gqKmbL_**3iafXk1o4ANFkpkdT=DQe^BNIQ!yZof the event, which is inspired by Singapore's 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.