Gay Community to Take Legal Action Against Hong Kong Police

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A gay demonstrator has sought legal aid to take legal action against the Hong Kong Police for the infringement of his Basic Law right to peacefully demonstrate in the city without harassment or disruption from the police, the Tongzh Community Joint Meeting (TCJM) said today.

This move arises out of police action on May 15 when police disrupted a demonstration in Hong Kong to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Police demanded that dancing at the demonstration cease and threatened to arrest organisers if their demands were not met.

The demonstration, attended by a legislator Ms Cyd Ho and the Chairperson of the Equal opportunities Commission Mr Lam Poon Kwong, was halted and attendees were videoed by uniformed officers positioned in the middle of the peaceful crowd, in what has been described as a serious attack on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights and the right to demonstrate in Hong Kong.

The legal action will seek a declaration that the police action was unlawful and damages for infringement of the applicants’ constitutional rights.

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