Please refresh the page and retry. T urkish riot police in Istanbul on Sunday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters defying a ban on the city's Gay Pride parade.
Authorities in Turkey's biggest city banned the annual parade earlier this month over security concernssparking anger from gay rights activists. By ozannkosee AFP pic. P olice at the scene - who heavily outnumbered demonstrators - said 12 people had been detained, an AFP photographer said. A freelance US photographer was among them.
Two or three hundred young protesters turned out despite the ban on the parade, which rights activists have been staging in Istanbul for the last 12 years.
Gathering in small groups around the busy Istiklal shopping street in a bid to evade the police, the demonstrators unfurled giant rainbow flags from windows several stories up. S he added that this was also a tactic to avoid ultra-nationalists, who had demanded last week that authorities cancel the Gay Pride parade. The far-right group had warned they would be sure to stop the parade if police did not heed the call.
Police moved swiftly to disperse the protesters, firing tear gas and rubber bullets and confiscating their rainbow flags, an AFP correspondent witnessed. And to be visible, rather than a march we have chosen to be here, on every corner of the street," she told AFP. T urkish police have cracked down heavily on even small demonstrations since major anti-government protests in Istanbul in A week ago, hundreds of riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to stop Istanbul's "Trans Pride" event taking place during Ramadan.
It was the latest police crackdown against an event during the Muslim "Cannon street hotel homosexual rights" month, with critics claiming the Islamic-rooted government is undermining Turkey's secular tradition. Istanbul authorities said Sunday's rally was banned to "safeguard security and public order" after a string of bombings around Turkey over the past year. Some of these attacks have been blamed on the Islamic State group, others claimed by Kurdish militants.
In previous years, thousands of people have taken part in Istanbul Pridethe most important LGBT gathering in a Muslim country in the region. Organisers blasted the ban on this year's event in a statement that they tried to read aloud at the protest before they were dispersed. We urge you to turn your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.
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