Hundreds of demonstrators defy Pride ban in Istanbul | EUROtoday

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Status: 30.06.2024 19:41

The authorities have been banning the Pride Parade in Istanbul for years. This time, too, the middle was cordoned off by the police. But the activists got here up with an thought and averted it. At least 15 individuals had been arrested.

Despite a ban, a whole lot of individuals took to the streets in Istanbul for a Pride demonstration for the rights of lesbians, gays and different queer individuals. This 12 months's march passed off with out clashes or police violence, the AFP information company reported. However, there have been arrests.

The workplace of the governor of Istanbul had beforehand declared that the Pride march wouldn’t be permitted. The Turkish police cordoned off the middle of the Turkish metropolis, closed subway stations and blocked site visitors on important roads, reported the Reuters company. The governor's workplace didn’t give a cause why the occasion was not accepted. It merely mentioned that “illegal groups” had known as for an unauthorized protest march.

Among different issues, the individuals waved rainbow flags and ran via the streets whistling.

Short protest on the Asian aspect of the town

Until the final minute, the organizers had stored the situation of the occasion secret from the general public. The protesters averted the central Taksim Square, which was cordoned off by the police, and marched with rainbow flags for round ten minutes alongside a avenue on the Asian aspect of the town earlier than the group dispersed.

“Your thousands of police officers, helicopters and bans will not stop us. Every street in this city belongs to us,” the organizers declared. “We will never tire of deceiving the police and forcing them to confront us,” in addition they mentioned in a press release learn out.

According to reviews from the Reuters information company, police searched the streets after the demonstration was damaged up. At least 15 individuals had been arrested.

Demonstrations banned for years

After a sensational Pride parade in Istanbul in 2014 with greater than 100,000 individuals, the Turkish authorities have banned the occasion lately, formally for safety causes. Last 12 months, too, quite a few individuals had been arrested.

Homosexual relationships will not be prohibited in Turkey. However, authorities officers and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly converse out brazenly towards gays, lesbians and trans individuals.