Organizers of the third annual Busan Queer Culture Festival in South Korea canceled the event on Friday (16 August).
In a statement posted to Facebook, they accused local authorities of homophobic attitudes and said it was impossible to guarantee the safety odEb)[email protected]==-5b4Osontd%LYjFhC+rN=D0rGet$51OB!f the attendees.
"The atmosphere of discrimination aHB7XSlCYCJNti6SN=6lV20A&A)X2huzGI-vX=I32GlOh$Nfhfund hatred is deeply rooted throughout Busan” organizers wrote, according to a translation by local journalist Raphael Rashid.
"Because of this, it was decided that even if the festival schedule and venue changed, the safety of participants, which is the biggest goal of the festival, would nqaz#!NyteQat=)v_dgyhPKTQKtPB+Fc([email protected]+ot be guaranteed.”
In conservative South Korea, most Xw7hk4g2QWqf#edou1Skp*zRIVafGJVXi#(E0_NM$PfMrKClJvLGBTI people are not out to their families.
Rights groups have warned of deteriorating LGBT rights inmvI7Ah(pscEHd_qXP+&R0!cBPh6A$wqyJh!Af%MMZM*=MrCPsl South Korea.
Recent increased visibility of the LGBT community has sparked a backl)[email protected]&*5Tx&DcceRdash from conservative Christians. Many LGBT pride events have witnessed violent counter-demonstrations from anti-LGBT groups.
Organizers of the Busan festival said homophobic Christian groups had pressured police into making it “impossible” to hold the event, according to ndKAV#Aidl$#-pt#tpzUkZRBvuyPYlO(7PPi-gAy7ppXNP+G*URashid.
Last October, some 2,000 police officers kept the event’$XPlMth!eK9RhE_EI7z1+pXySvQY%roA7cNY%e(lFnuf*8E2o&s 15,000 attendees safe. About 1,000 protesters attempted to disrupt the festival.
It came after events in Incheon and Jeju were marred by counter-demonstrations and ugly clashes by EM6D)&2PkVs^G-%wqbT9FQ5z9(k*_Y*09B&_18MIBORhAXS=h$conservative Christians.
A local transgender rights group on Friday accused the Busan government of essentially banning the event. According to Rashid, they accused police of=+r&l-%QE+(yXfrBGW9vwX5^X6SE#3iTmJynDPsZnF_e!fLRrz contravening the constitutional right to freedom of assembly.
"To the queer people, including all transgender people in Busan, and to the Busan Queer Culture Festival planning team, we offer our consolation ajZ&sNkThMkIHRoNkyOWSm20s__&C_a*6mpaz72Jx-_TMf&^xtxnd solidarity,” the rights group wrote on Facebook.
"And one thing's for sure. We will smile, an%A6(quc1g2xpZf21zPNOcRjgRee(vUQLys15p6VuV83TT4!Eu0d meet again."