Turkish riot police break up LGBT rally in Istanbul

Riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at "Trans Pride" event held despite ban to kick off annual LGBT week.

Istanbul Pride 2012

Turkish police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a banned rally by the LGBT community in central Istanbul.

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Several hundred riot police surrounded the main Taksim Square on Sunday to prevent the event called “Trans Pride” from taking place. The rally was to kick off the LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender – week in Turkey.

Istanbul’s governor had banned the LGBT from holding rallies this week, citing security concerns.

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Leave campaign in UK are afraid that Turkey will be member of EU “tomorrow” – when Turkey are at least 30 years behind on human rights so they have a very very very long way before anyone seriously will think they will be EU member. This story just confirms the slow progress in human rights in Turkey and with this speed they wouldn’t be at same place as Europe are today in 100 years.

Photo By Lubunya (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons