Organizers said "the current pol+W*NLediitD6vn5986L7UqPSHLsmOWfPYjZ8Ln%cm8QWaXSc2yitical and social unrest, not to mention the escalating violence" posed "a high risk to our attendees, sponsors, vendors, artists and volunteers".
Anti-government protests, sparked by a controversial extradition bill thaCQuk!L+Z)quSQNly1PK)MLZEex2UC*1(P-_AFzVq%PI%G6tZ6Dt would allow suspected criminals to be extradited to the Chinese mainland, have wracked Hong Kong for three months.
Demonstrators demanding democracy for the city, meanwhile, have increasingly resorted to violence, includie7y*byLgdf3upC^Hv7zTgl0VX4CDkzR-&5fQN1hfO8QE09-ME_ng vandalising the city's metro system.
Pink Dot on Wednesday said in a Facebook statement frequent suspensions of the MTR and other NxyC+v!WLKU!stC_DZzbt)J^h)[email protected]#UYO9Xx6#zgLpJUue!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 Kong will ride through the storm evV#TTV_)!pg%Y0+YmX9Jq-aWcS)v8*P%[email protected][email protected]entually and we are looking forward to seeing you next year at Pink Dot HK 2020" the statement said.
A lot of n%5ruAyVpGtr86BRu44w#S_EZD+o06&WnF*[email protected](lgD4M&Tvf!etizens voiced their support for Pink Dot and the pro-democracy protests beneath the post.
"Stand with Hong Kong! Love wins!" Patrick Chow wrF)#D(#NH$$qYOpw8fW9vAZlon9quC!MD1io2WqHeEFnqByadKCote.
This year was scheduled to be tdFBLrhfqLQpTEZ$YEaBcEG#Zwx#2o)0OO!MLoC3zwyNOva$2fghe 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.