Hong Kong's largest single-day LGBT event, Pink Dot HongOHyel*W%)jB2DxO-B0c#p([email protected] Kong, has been cancelled for 2019.
Organizers said "the current political and social unrest, not to mention the escalating violence" posed b=25WaE8hHc^k=2%#BmxTE2xc7qEnyY&kYmxNixm8by%%QuU9j"a high risk to our attendees, 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 Kong for three mfLwcmCh#kcmlCPIa([email protected](6ea1MvLlEx8$h=!Szonths.
Hong Kong PoliceRt2rqG!Ajm2)[email protected]^iUfq_nfoPs have been accused of a "grossly unlawful" heavy-handed crackdown on protesters.
Demonstrators demanding democracy for the city, meanwhile1([email protected](mHGf7V5OdAj4g#a1ECW8TwbLGNY)rhe=7y^42e5, have increasingly resorted to violence, including vandalising the city's metro system.
Pink Dot on Wednesday said in a Facebook statement frequent suspensions of the MTR and other public transport, as well as road blockages, would make it difficult for the 10,000 people expected to attend the event to arrive and leavvWUeQrI1DVnbqP=S=n2+pt#*d([email protected]e.
"We hope Hong Kong will ride through the VTW&rthazZTrN2inPMATHm#Zs3lsRJ0!uAN90aHni0re+qNiRYstorm eventually and we are looking forward to seeing you next year at Pink Dot HK 2020" the statement said.
A lot of netizens voiced their zBulPE#&Fw)W&BN7L#HxjfY0fK)[email protected]_c2vAaJlSnMMEsupport for Pink Dot and the pro-democracy protests beneath the post.
"SuW1qb*-zE#=(shp0l3dgHlnXU8PZhr4%reX$XVe-TM+DTOUxwJtand with Hong Kong! Love wins!" Patrick Chow wrote.
Thin2cfOtbpk&G4bKsW^WTZIIhe!n#urA4i+#Hu1!ZQK!vaJ$Iv%hs year was scheduled to be the sixth year of 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.