Istanbul riot police break up LGBT rally 

On June 20, 2016 Prairie Radio International reported:

Turkey Map and FlagSeveral hundred riot police surrounded the main Taksim Square — where demonstrations have been banned since major anti-government protests in 2013 — to prevent the “Trans Pride” event taking place during Ramadan.

It was the latest crackdown by police in Turkey against an event during the Muslim holy month.

As the police swooped in on the rally of about 150 people, the crowd fled into nearby streets.

Turkish media reported that at least two people were detained.

The “Trans Pride” rally was to kick off LGBT week in Turkey.

The demonstrators unfurled a rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT community, and then tried to read a statement but were prevented from doing so by the police.

Istanbul authorities said on Friday they had banned the annual gay pride parade set for June 26 to “safeguard security and public order” after a string of bombings around Turkey over the past year, some of them blamed on the Islamic State group, others claimed by Kurdish militants.

“We want to march for humanity but the police ban everything,” an activist who gave her name as Ebru told AFP.

Earlier Sunday, 11 anti-gay protesters, apparently Islamists, demonstrating near Taksim Square were arrested, according to the Dogan news agency.

“We are Ottomans,” shouted one, according to video of the incident. “We don’t want any of those people here.”

Read more at: Istanbul riot police break up LGBT rally | Public Radio International

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