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.
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.
Updated Date: Jun 25, 2017 16:42:50 IST