SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — A solidarity movement is spreading in the wake of the news that a ‘No Discrimination Against LGBTs’ advertisement posted in a Seoul subway station was torn apart.
Rainbow Action, an activist group fighting for human rights for sexual minorities, posted an ad titled ‘Sexual minorities exist in your everyday life’ at Sinchon Station, a subway station on Line No. 2 of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway, on Friday.
This ad was supposed to be displayed for one month in August.
This poster, one of the National Human Rights Commission’s cooperation projects with human rights groups, was made by putting together images of those who participated in the campaign.
The ad, however, was torn down just two days after being posted.
In the wake of such news, one netizen made a composite photo by inserting the sentence ‘Sexual minorities will overcome your disdain’ into the torn ad image. Other netizens have started to share this photo.
After the ad was torn apart, Rainbow Action and some citizens coined the phrase ‘sexual minorities’ by attaching memos with words of support for sexual minorities onto the empty advertising board.
The group also attached a statement of protest on the advertising board.
The phrase and the statement of protest, however, were also found to be torn apart Tuesday morning.
The Mapo Police Station launched an investigation the same day and arrested a suspect who was a man in his 20s for property damage. Admitting the allegations, the man said, “I did it because I hate sexual minorities.’
The advertising board was restored again in the afternoon of the same day.
Rainbow Action said in a Facebook message that it is inviting citizen watchdogs to keep the ad posted as it is.
J. S. Shin (firstname.lastname@example.org)