Strict entry requirements imposed on Singapore Pride

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SINGAPORE - JUNE 13: Participants dress in various shades of pink pose for a photo during the ?Pink Dot SG? event at Hong Lim Park on June 13, 2015 in Singapore. Pink Dot SG is Singapore's annual rally to support the Freedom to Love regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, entering its seventh consecutive year at Hong Lim Park with this year's Ambassadors, Corporate Sponsors, 2015 Campaign Video, and a fresh line-up for the Pink Dot Concert. Singapore has been shrouded in controversy over its approach to same sex relationships with an all out ban on same sex relationships between men. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

Strict entry requirements have been imposed on Singapore’s annual LGBT rally as a part of governmental limiting measures. The Pink Dot Pride celebrations in Speaker’s Corner, Hong Lim Park, have been held every year since 2009.However, this year organisers have faced a whole score of obstacles as the government tries to prevent foreigners from attending the rally by means of banning foreign visitors and donations from abroad. Despite the ban, the rally raised record sponsorship this year of $183,000 USD from more than 100 companies. This is up from 18 companies in the previous year. As well as only Singaporeans being able to enters, participants must show their government-issued identification cards. The park will also be barricaded to prevent foreign visitors from joining the event. The strict regulations are unprecedented as Speakers’ Corner is intended to be an area where people can rally and protest with freedom.

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