HONG KONG (CelebrityAccess) Japanese boy band KAT-TUN has canceled a trip to Hong Kong to meet fans because of the “uncertain situation” in the city.
Organizers TEM TV Asia and Nippon TV said they could not proceed with the Friday and Saturday event in the city called The Music Day because of protestors trashing Hong Kong’s legislature, according to South China Morning Post. The boy band was expected to meet 120 fans in the city as part of a live show and a Facebook Q&A to be broadcast from a local studio.
Fans, upset with the decision, posted on social media that “Hong Kong is safe.”
“They overreacted, Hong Kong is very safe,” said one fan who has taken part in three marches in the past month. “We fans were looking forward to meeting KAT-TUN, which could have been a much-needed consolation for Hong Kong. The city is tired.”
Demonstrators, mostly young people, have stormed the Legislative Council building in Admiralty, vandalizing the entrance, security system and some indoor fixtures as they protested the now-suspended extradition bill, which would have allowed the city to transfer suspects to other jurisdictions it lacked a fugitive agreement with, including mainland China.
“I do not think the protesters have any reasons to target KAT-TUN and fans,” another fan told the Morning Post. “The person who should worry about Hong Kong’s uncertain situation is Carrie Lam.”
The three-member group will instead be part of a live broadcast filmed in Japan.