Sunday, June 19, 2016

Istanbul: Riot Police Use Rubber Bullets & Tear Gas On Pride Parade

Earlier this week I reported that the government in Istanbul cancelled an LGBT Pride Parade set to take place this weekend.

When Pride goers showed up today, the riot police used rubber bullets and tear gas on the crowd.

From the Guardian:

Riot police have fired teargas and rubber pellets to disperse an LBGT march in Istanbul that had been banned after ultranationalists said “degenerates” could not demonstrate.

Hundreds of riot police cordoned off Taksim Square in the heart of the city to prevent the Trans Pride rally taking place during Ramadan.

Authorities have banned transgender and gay pride marches this month, which coincides with the period of fasting for Muslims, citing security concerns after warnings against any such events taking place in Turkey.

Although the Turkish republic is constitutionally secular, the vast majority of the population is Muslim.

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