Yesterday, Instanbul police disrupted a trans pride rally in the city’s main Taksim Square.
According to a report from Reuters, riot police fired rubber pellets and used tear gas to disperse the march after it was “decided” by ultra-nationalists that “degenerates” couldn’t demonstrate.
The main square of the city was also cordoned off by hundreds of riot police, as government officials cancelled Instanbul Pride following warnings of ultra-nationalist groups who would do “what is necessary” to cease the Pride parade.
Ebru Kiranci, spokesperson of the Istanbul LGBTI Solidarity Association, had this to say: “Football fans can rally in this country whenever they want. We were going to do a peaceful activity. [The] holy month of Ramadan is an excuse. If you are going to respect Ramadan, respect us too. The heterosexuals think it’s too much for us, only 2 hours in 365 days.”
Homosexuality isn’t banned in Turkey, but clearly there is still rampant homophobia. You may remember that last year, the official Pride parade was also broken up by police and now the march has been prevented in it’s entirety.
You can see a clip below, taken from the Istanbul LGBT Onur Haftası/ Istanbul LGBT Pride Week Facebook page.