Istanbul Pride marchers teargassed by police 


Gay rights activists and LGBT groups were targeted with tear gas by Istanbul police on Sunday as they walked in the Istanbul Pride parade.

Participants had defied authorities to march after the event was banned, and several hundred people attended the gathering on a side street of Istanbul’s main pedestrian walkway Istiklal Avenue, near Taksim Square, after the event was banned from taking place on the main street.

Waving rainbow  flags and umbrellas, protesters chanted “we will not be quiet” and “shoulder to shoulder against fascism.”

Police allowed the rally organisers to make a short speech to the media, but then blocked off the street and fired tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd.

Police dogs and water cannon vehicles were also brought to the scene.

The Istanbul governor’s office had issued a ban on the event for the fifth year in a row, citing concerns over security and public order.


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