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Istanbul pride parade hit with tear gas by police, at least 19 arrested

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.

March for trans rights last week was also broken up by police with tear gas, rubber bullets

A demonstrator waves a rainbow flag during the rally. At least 19 activists have been detained. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Turkish anti-riot police officers fire rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators gathered for a rally staged by the LGBT community. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

A riot police oficer, with a rainbow flag in the background, chases LGBT rights activists as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 26, 2016. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

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