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Tension mounts over upcoming pro-LGBT event at Haeundae beach

The first LGBT festival to take place in Busan this weekend is hiking up tensions between pro- and anti-LGBT groups, according to Haeundae Police on Tuesday.

The possibility of clashes between the two groups is putting local police on high alert.

The festival will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Haeundae beach. There will also be a parade that begins at 4 p.m. and will go around adjacent areas before ending at Gunam-ro Culture Square, which leads back to the beachfront.

                                            (123RF)

                                            (123RF)


About 40 LGBT and other civic groups have signed up to take part in the event.

Groups that oppose homosexuality have also notified police of their plans to congregate from 1 p.m. at the square in front of the old Haeundae Station.

Police will guard the area during the festival to prevent any physical confrontations.

(kaylalim@heraldcorp.com)
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