Istanbul Pride march to take place despite govt ban citing law and order fears

Activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights say they will march for Pride in Istanbul, despite a ban by the governor's office.

AP June 25, 2017 16:42:50 IST
Istanbul Pride march to take place despite govt ban citing law and order fears

Istanbul: Activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights say they will march for Pride in Istanbul, despite a ban by the governor's office.

Istanbul Pride march to take place despite govt ban citing law and order fears

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Organisers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI Pride said on Sunday the gathering would begin at 5 pm 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 safety and public order fears. The statement also said the governor's office had not received a valid parade application — a claim rejected by organisers.

For more than a decade, Turkish authorities allowed Pride marches to take place. Up to 1,00,000 people attended Istanbul Pride in 2014 but Turkish police dispersed Pride crowds in 2015 and 2016 using riot-control methods.

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