Turkish police break up LGBT pride parade in Istanbul, detain dozens

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police in turkey Another LGBT pride parade broke out on Sunday, with dozens of attendees detained.

Police officers also reportedly tried to prevent journalists from recording or taking photographs of the incident in Istanbul. According to the outlet, a photographer for Agence France Press was detained.

Still, photos of the incident show police battling rallyers. It is not clear how many people attended the march.

Istanbul authorities issued a 7-day ban on public demonstrations before the Pride Parade.

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Police officers prevent journalists from taking photographs of detained activists while trying to film and march in a Pride Parade that was banned by local authorities on June 26, 2022, in central Istanbul, Turkey. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)
((Reuters/Umit Bektas))

“We have received information that there are plans to organize gatherings, press releases, marches, distribution of leaflets, etc. within the scope of the 30th ‘Istanbul LGBTI + Pride Week’ between 21 June 2022 (Tuesday) and 23 June 2022 (Thursday). The city governors said in a statement. “All events in all open and closed areas have been banned for seven days.”

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of istanbul LGBT Pride The week committee issued a statement condemning city officials, arguing they had no authority to ban the event last week.

Police officers prevent journalists from taking photographs of detained activists while trying to film and march in a Pride Parade that was banned by local authorities on June 26, 2022, in central Istanbul, Turkey.  (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Police officers prevent journalists from taking photographs of detained activists while trying to film and march in a Pride Parade that was banned by local authorities on June 26, 2022, in central Istanbul, Turkey. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)
((Reuters/Umit Bektas))

“This decision is illegal, and we would like to inform you that we will exercise all our rights and make necessary objections,” the organization wrote, according to a translation. “We would like to thank our entire network of attorneys and venues who have supported us. We will not give up, we are not afraid! We will continue our programs in safe places and online.”

The organization said the march was set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the LGBT movement in Turkey.

Police officers prevent journalists from taking photographs of detained activists while trying to film and march in a Pride Parade that was banned by local authorities on June 26, 2022, in central Istanbul, Turkey.  (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Police officers prevent journalists from taking photographs of detained activists while trying to film and march in a Pride Parade that was banned by local authorities on June 26, 2022, in central Istanbul, Turkey. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)
((Reuters/Umit Bektas))

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no injuries The information was given after the police stopped the incident.