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Police say no to permit for Pink Run

The New Paper | Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

Pink Dot festival is being held at Hong Lim Park.

The police have turned down an application for a permit to hold a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) pride event, informing the organiser that the application had been rejected in the interest of public order as LGBT advocacy remains "a socially divisive issue".

This is the second time that the event, a mass run titled Pink Run, has been unable to go ahead as planned. The first was in 2007, reported The Straits Times online.

This year's run was to have been held tomorrow as part of an annual LGBT pride festival called IndigNation.

On the event's Facebook page, organiser Nicholas Deroose shared the e-mail he had received from the police.

"The purpose of the proposed event you have stated in your application is related to LGBT advocacy, which remains a socially divisive issue. We regret to inform you that your application is rejected in the interest of public order. You may wish to consider conducting your event at the Speakers' Corner instead," a police officer from the Compliance Management Unit wrote


This article was first published on August 15, 2014.
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