A group of 11 Chinese mothers, who had gathered at a park in Shanghai seeking partners for their gay children, have been forced to leave the popular spot by the police for not registering in advance for holding a demonstration, a media report said on Wednesday.
Chinese police “swiftly removed” the mothers demonstrating and carrying rainbow umbrellas as well as placards at a matchmaking spot in the People’s Park.
Just an hour after the group had settled in a corner of the park, they were told to put away their umbrellas and leave by local police, who said that their matchmaking activities had not been registered in advance, state-run Global Times reported, quoting local media reports.
A video posted on popular microblog, Sina Weibo by Rela, a social platform for Chinese lesbians, showed park security staff trying to forcibly seize their umbrellas and forcing them to leave the park.
The video, which is edited, shows the mothers carrying placards with messages reading “seeking a boyfriend for my son” and “Rela supports gay families speaking out. One placard had the English phrase “Keep calm it’s just love” written on it, and one mother said “my son is gay” to the camera in English.
“If the parents of straight children can search for potential partners for their children, why can’t we?” asked another mother in the group from Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong Province....