Montreal Pride did not allow Hong Kong activists to march in the Pride Parade, citing, in part, police information about threats of "sabotage." \nThe SPVM says they never contacted Montreal Pride about such threats. MTL Blog reached out to the RCMP to inquire about any action they may have taken.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nEarlier this week, we reported that the organizers of Montreal's annual Pride Parade on August 18th barred the group Action Free Hong Kong MTL, Montreal-based Hong Kong activists, from participating in the parade due to fears of, according to Pride's original email to FreeHKMTL, "a potential attempt to sabotage the parade by pro-Communists in response to your participation in the parade. Indeed, it seems that some groups would like to intervene in the parade to protest against your participation."\nPride claimed that the police informed them of this. However, the SPVM and the Sûreté du Québec claim that they never contacted Fierté Montréal about the potential of a pro-communist response.\n"After verification, it does not seem like anyone from the SPVM contacted the organizers of Fierté Montréal's Pride Parade concerning militant groups of pro-communist Chinese protesters [translated from French]," an SPVM spokesperson told MTL Blog.\nThe SQ told us that they "have no information to transmit on a territory that is not served by the Sûreté du Québec."\nWe reached out to the RCMP to inquire about any action they may have taken. They have not responded to our request.\nFierté Montréal did not respond for comment.\nIn a statement to MTL Blog Monday afternoon, Pride representatives wrote that "FreeHKMTL was welcomed to march four days before the Parade. We made an exception and found a spot for the group since the registrations were closed and complete two weeks prior to the Parade."\n"We received threats of sabotage the day before the Parade and had no choice to take the unfortunate decision to remove FreeHKMTL from the Parade for safety reasons and given our policy to not interfere in geopolitical conflicts. The Parade is an extremely important day for all people of sexual and gender diversity and it is with the objective that all can walk safely that this decision was taken."\nOriginally, Pride organizers had told FreeHKMTL that police authorities had alerted them to the threats.\nSTATEMENT: Montreal Hongkongers Celebrate True Colours Despite Setbacks (FR déclaration en suite)\n\nWe were excitedly...Posted by Freehkmtl: Action Free Hong Kong Montreal 滿地可撐香港行動頁 on Sunday, August 18, 2019\nA contingent of LGBTQ members of FreeHKMTL was invited to march in the Pride Parade to show support for their community and to raise awareness about the on-going tensions in Hong Kong.\nHenry Lam, member of FreeHKMTL insists that FreeHKMTL's participation in the parade was meant to be "non-political." Though they confirmed the threats as viable, FreeHKMTL was "saddened and disappointed that civil rights must yield to such threats."\nREAD ALSO: Huge Truck Fire On Montreal Overpass Sends Cloud Of Black Smoke Over The Décarie (Video)\n"Such blatant threats have reached an alarming level worldwide, to the extent that many voices sympathetic to the HK cause could end up being silenced," says Henry Lam.\nAnother unconfirmed report claims that the Founder of a Hong Kong-based LGBTQ group, Gay Harmony was followed by a large number of pro-communist demonstrators during the parade and was told he wasn't allowed to march next to Liberal Party supporters.\nPosted by Freehkmtl: Action Free Hong Kong Montreal 滿地可撐香港行動頁 on Saturday, August 24, 2019\nAmidst rising tensions and violent clashes in Hong Kong between pro-democracy activists and police, there have been many reports of similar incidents at Pride events across Canada.\nIn response to the latest police statement, Free Hong Kong MTL says that "we're deeply concerned with the response of the SPVM police. From the email we received from Montreal Pride on Aug 17, it is stated that 'we have received police information of a potential attempt to sabotage the parade by pro-Communists in response to your participation in the parade.' We hope Montreal Pride will be able to respond to the SPVM statement and make it clear who is behind the decision to remove Hong Kong team from Montreal Pride."\nWe will update this story as it develops.