Turkish police on Sunday broke up a banned Satisfaction march in Istanbul, detaining greater than 200 demonstrators, organisers mentioned.
The governor’s workplace had forbidden the march round Taksim Sq. within the coronary heart of Istanbul, however protesters gathered close by beneath heavy police presence sooner than scheduled.
Police detained protesters, loading them on to buses. AFP journalists noticed 4 busloads of detained folks.
Organisers tweeted that greater than 200 Satisfaction members and LGBTQ activists had been detained and that police had refused detainees entry to their attorneys.
Though greater than a dozen of them had been launched later within the day, many had been nonetheless in police custody at 2000 GMT.
AFP’s chief photographer Bulent Kilic, who was taken away handcuffed from the again, was launched afterward Sunday after presenting an announcement to the police, his lawyer mentioned.
Tons of of protesters carrying rainbow flags had pressed forward with the rally in defiance of police.
“The longer term is queer,” they chanted. “We’re right here. We’re queer. We’re not going anyplace.”
Kaos GL Affiliation, which campaigns to advertise the human rights of LGBTQ folks towards discrimination, mentioned on Twitter that police had detained 12 different folks within the western metropolis of Izmir and that one among them was later launched.
Police prevented the press from filming the Istanbul arrests, in line with AFP journalists.
“All these detained solely for his or her participation in Satisfaction have to be launched instantly and unconditionally,” Milena Buyum of Amnesty Worldwide mentioned.
Diren, a 22-year-old college pupil, condemned the hate crimes concentrating on LGBTQ folks.
“We’re banned, prevented, discriminated and even killed at each second of our lives. Right now, it is a very special occasion for us to defend our rights and to say that we do exist,” Diren advised AFP.
“Police violence is aimed to cease us however it’s not attainable. You can be unable to cease the queers.”
Erol Onderoglu of media rights group Reporters With out Borders (RSF) denounced the arrest of photographer Kilic on Twitter.
“The police appear to have made it a behavior” of detaining him, he wrote, recalling that journalists’ organisations had protested what they mentioned was Kilic’s violent detention final 12 months.
On Friday, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, had urged Turkish authorities to let the demonstration go forward and to make sure the protection of the marchers.
“The human rights of LGBTI folks in Turkey must be successfully protected,” she mentioned in an announcement.
Though homosexuality has been authorized all through the interval of the fashionable Turkish republic, LGBTQ people say there’s common harassment and abuse.
Istanbul Satisfaction had taken place yearly since 2003.
The final march to go forward with out a ban was in 2014 and drew tens of hundreds of members in one of many greatest LGBTQ occasions within the majority Muslim area.
After 2014, the march was banned annually, formally for safety causes.
The identical 12 months, French sports activities model Decathlon confronted boycott calls in Turkey for posting messages of assist for LGBTQ folks.