Tear gas, checkpoints greet LGBT pride in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkish police have prevented people from gathering in large numbers for LGBT pride in Istanbul as small groups continue to make ad hoc demonstrations despite a ban issued by the governor.
 
Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride called for the march in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for "we march." The Istanbul governor's office on Saturday banned the event - for the third year in a row - citing reasons of safety and public order.
 
Police established checkpoints in the area on Sunday, preventing groups from entering Istiklal Avenue and turning back people who they deemed were associated with the march.
 
At least a hundred protesters gathered in the nearby Cihangir neighborhood, beating drums and chanting slogans: "Don't be quiet, shout out, gays exist!"
 
Police also used tear gas to disperse crowds and activists say plastic bullets were used.
 

© 2017 Associated Press


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