Turkish police disperse gay pride parade, firing rubber bullets
As reported by Reuters, despite the ban of the Turkish authorities, tens of LGBT activists tried to organize a March in Taksim area. The police read them the decree banning the parade, and then started to arrest, applying tear gas.
The result was arrested 19 people, including a member of the Bundestag Volker Beck and two German citizens. According to Beck, the police tried to force him away from Taksim by taxi, and then was briefly detained. The Deputy explained that if he wants to speak to the press, you have to go to their country.
Beck stated that the natives of Turkey in Germany can openly Express their political preferences, and expressed surprise that it is forbidden to do in Istanbul.
The authorities announced that the ban of the gay pride parade was associated in particular with the tightening of security measures after a series of attacks in Istanbul, organized by Kurdish activists and militants of the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization). In addition, Turkish nationalists have threatened to attack the marchers, calling it “immoral”.
Last year, police also used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the gay parade. Then the ban on the procession was explained by the fact that it took place in the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan.