Turkey police break up Istanbul Pride march, detain dozens: AFP
Turkish police on Sunday forcibly intervened in a Pride march in Istanbul, detaining dozens of demonstrators and an AFP photographer, AFP journalists on the ground said.
The governor's office had banned the march around Taksim square in the heart of Istanbul but protesters gathered nearby under heavy police presence earlier than scheduled.
BREAKING: Turkish police break up Istanbul Pride march, detain dozens including media pic.twitter.com/0jxLjLDUOA— BNN 🇹🇷 Newsroom (@BNNTRnews) June 26, 2022
As usual Turkish gov’t doesn’t allow the Gay pride march in Istanbul today. Here a police officer is throwing LGBT flags into dustbin.— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) June 26, 2022
The same government permitted the gay parade between 2003-2015, without any issue pic.twitter.com/J9Bp40wSGX
Police detained protesters, loading them into buses. AFP journalists saw two buses of people who had been held, including AFP's chief photographer Bulent Kilic, who had been handcuffed from the back.
Kilic, who was also detained last year during the Pride march, is currently in police custody.
Hundreds of protesters carrying rainbow flags pressed ahead with the rally in defiance of police.
Istanbul Pride has taken place every year since 2003.
The last march which took place without a ban - in 2014 - drew tens of thousands of participants in one of the biggest LGBTQ events in the majority Muslim region.