Non-affirming Christian groups have been camping outside police stations in Seoul in order to prevent the Korea Queer Culture Festival securing public space for events according to the LGBT and Allies Korea Facebook group.
“In the end they succeeded in submitting rally declaration forms for every space in Daehakro from 12 to 14 June and prevented us from being able to hold the Queer Pride Parade in the area,” a member wrote on the group wall.
Groups apply for the use of public space to the police station which is approved based on the order that applications come in.
There are specific days that groups can apply.
The anti-gay Love Your Country, Love Your Children Movement is lining up weeks in advance to submit multiple applications for all of the public space to prevent the LGBT group from being legally allowed to host an event.
The LGBT community is now trying to secure space in Namdaemun as the police station there will accept applications May 29 for rallies on June 28.
The Christian group is already lined up outside this police station and so are members of the LGBT’s organising committee.
“We have to stand in line without leaving for even one second until the 29th. It is too difficult to do this just with the people in the organizing committee,” a group member said.
“The only thing we can do is to submit as many rally declaration forms as possible to counter theirs.”
Members are staying up all night standing in line in front of the police station, next to the opposing groups. They are holding out by sitting on the ground and on chairs.
“If anyone can help take turns standing in line with us during any time at all from the 22nd until the 29th… We sincerely hope that you please message me,” wrote a member of the Facebook Group.
They are seeking people to assist stand in line and hold positions for them in a bid to host an event next month.
Namdaemun police station is opposite Seoul station, 30 meters from exit 9.