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South Korean Court Rules Police Cannot Ban LGBT Pride March

South Korean Court Rules Police Cannot Ban LGBT Pride March

South Korean Court Rules Police Cannot Ban LGBT Pride March

"...the guarantee that society can use their voice has deep meaning."

On Tuesday, the court in Seoul, South Korea, ruled that the nation's police violated the law and rights of its citizens when they banned a pride march schedule for June 28, according to Buzzfeed News.

The permits for the march, which acts as the pinnacle of the Korean Queer Cultural Festival, we're orginally denied by police after it reportedly conflicted with applications for events set to use the parade route. This application process soon pitted LGBT activists and Christian conservatives against one another.

On Tuesday, the court in Seoul ruled that the conservatives' tactics violated LGBT activists' right to protest.

Myeong Jin Kang, chairman of the Korean Queer Cultural Festival, embraced the court's acknowledgement and recognized the moment's significance in a press release saying, "The court's decision in relation to police's unjust notice prohibiting assembly is important," Kang said "Within a democratic country, built on civil society, the guarantee that society can use their voice has a deep meaning.”

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