Istanbul police dispersed LGBT Pride Parade participants with tear gas and water cannon on Sunday before the march even started. People who had prepared to march were ready with rainbow-colored flags and placards along Istanbul’s central İstiklal Avenue.
As crowds gathered for the start of the 13th Istanbul LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday from Istanbul’s central Taksim Square to the Tünel neighbourhood, police fired tear gas and water to disperse the crowd.
The Istanbul LGBT Pride Week Committee, a group that organised the series of events during the 23rd Pride Week, said the 13th Istanbul LGBT Pride Parade, which was scheduled to start at 5 pm on 28th June at Taksim Square, had “suddenly been banned by the Istanbul Governor’s Office using the month of Ramadan as the reason without any announcement.”
Police attacked people with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon, the committee said in a press briefing at around 5.30 pm yesterday, adding that all entries to and exits from the Taksim Square and İstiklal Avenue had been shut down.