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Police arrest young man who stripped off at Hong Kong Pride

Police arrest young man who stripped off at Hong Kong Pride

Police arrested a 21-year-old for wearing only his underpants at Hong Kong Pride parade on Saturday (17 November).

The young man was detained for ‘indecency in public’ at 4.30pm on Hennesy Road, Wanchai, local media reporter. Authorities later released him on bail.

‘[He] exposed his private part in view of [the] public’ police told Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP).

They said the District Crime Squad had investigated the case and released him on bail. The young wan was a performance artist, HKFP reported.

Section 148 of the Crimes Ordinance prohibits ‘indecency in public’. Those found guilty are liable to a fine of HK$6,000 and 6 months in jail.

Hong Kong’s 10th Pride Parade

Thousands braved heavy rain to attend the tenth anniversary of the Hong Kong Pride Parade on Saturday.

Organizers said 12,000 people attended. Police, meanwhile, put estimates at 4,300.

LGBTI Hong Kongers and allies gathered at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay before marching to Edinburgh Place.

In a first, a coalition of LGBTI-friendly religious organizations offered a religious service.

Hong Kong does not currently recognize same-sex marriages and does not have any legislation protecting LGBTI people.

In July, however, a high court ruled a visa policy that did not recognize same-sex spouses was unconstitutional.

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