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Pride organizers in South Korea press charges against violent protestors

Pride organizers in South Korea press charges against violent protestors

Organizers of an LGBTI pride event in Incheon, South Korea have filed charges against Christian pastors who they claim violently disrupted an event in the city last September.

They accuse a Christian pastor of grabbing a person with disabilities and shouting at them. They also say Christian protesters damaged vehicles, according to local media.

Organizers also lodged complaints with South Korea’s national human rights body.

They accuse police of inaction at the first Incheon Queer Culture Festival.

‘The experience of human rights violations caused by the crimes of the participants of the rally is not only a personal violation but also a widespread societal harm’ one organizer said according to Incheon Today.

‘The situation has become worse as the police have not fulfilled their obligations to the incitement of the abuse’ they said.

Violence

More than 1,000 conservative Christian demonstrators verbally and physically attacked the inaugural Incheon Queer Culture Festival

Anti-gay protesters physically blocked 300 LGBTI supporters from leaving a plaza and beginning the march.

Video shared online shows distressing scenes of protesters, believed to be conservative Christians, shouting at pride attendees.

They also appear to grab flags, banners, and even attendees. A lot of young LGBTI South Koreans attended the pride event. They were visibly shaken by the incident.

Protesters delayed the pride parade and forced organizers to cancel other planned events.

Police booked eight people involved but did not detain them. Organizers accused the police of failing to stop the violence.

Christian protesters have also attacked pride events in Seoul and Jeju.

Slipping on LGBTI rights

South Korea’s fledging LGBTI movement has triggered a conservative backlash, HRW warned earlier this year.

In its 2019 world report, HRW said leaders had done little to protect the rights of LGBTI people in South Korea.

The rights group noted 210,000 people had signed a petition against a pride parade in the capital, Seoul. Anti-LGBTI protestors also blocked a pride festival in Incheon.

Government education guidelines on sex education also discriminate against LGBT youth, HRW warned.

Organizers of the largest LGBTI pride event in South Korea this month urged the government not to give in to conservative groups and protect attendees.

Pride events in Korea are increasingly under attack from conservative Christians. The groups pressure authorities to deny permission and violently disrupt activities.

The National Human Rights Commission claimed it not ‘deny’ the rights of a same-sex couple to marry.

See also

Why South Korea must repeal its military sodomy law

South Korea rights body claims it does not ‘deny’ same-sex marriage

Pride organizers in South Korea urge police to protect their rights