Istanbul pride parade hit with tear gas by police, at least 19 arrested
March for trans rights last week was also broken up by police with tear gas, rubber bullets
Police in Istanbul have used tear gas and have detained activists who gathered to mark gay pride week after authorities banned their rally in the city. At least 19 activists have been detained.
Police on Sunday rounded up several activists who assembled on a main pedestrian street to issue a statement in honour of gay rights and to denounce the ban. Police later fired tear gas and rubber pellets to disperse activists gathering in side streets. Two European Parliament legislators were also briefly detained.
Istanbul's governor banned both last week's Trans Pride March and Sunday's broader LGBT pride parade, citing security concerns.
Last week, police also used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up demonstrators who gathered for the trans parade in defiance of the ban.