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Pink Run permit rejected in interest of public order: Police

Police say the event, originally scheduled for Saturday (Aug 16) is related to LGBT advocacy, "which remains a socially divisive issue".

SINGAPORE: Police on Thursday (Aug 14) explained why they rejected an application for a Pink Run event at Marina Promenade Park, slated for this Saturday (Aug 16).

A statement from police said: "The purpose of the event as stated by the applicant is related to LGBT advocacy, which remains a socially divisive issue. The application has been rejected in the interest of public order."

"Those who wish to advocate for potentially divisive cause-related issues can do so at the Speakers' Corner, which is the designated public place for such activities, to avoid inconveniencing the general public, or leading to contention or potential public order issues," the police advised.

The Pink Run was organised by Mr Nicholas Deroose, as part of IndigNation, advocates for "LGBT pride season in Singapore".

He posted a note on Facebook saying "people are still free to show up and run in their own personal capacity. There are no laws against running. You just won't be a participant of the Pink Run".

Mr Deroose also said he will try to apply for a permit next year. This is the second attempt at holding a Pink Run in Singapore. The first attempt was seven years ago, and the event was scuppered before it could flag off.