Turkish police use rubber bullets and dogs to stop those who wanted to celebrate Pride despite bans

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Turkish police are using rubber bullets and dogs to disperse crowds of LGBT activists marching Pride despite the forbid of authorities announced the day before. . AFP reported that authorities were firing rubber bullets and ITV said that tear gas was also released on peaceful marchers. It is believed that a number of lawyers working in conjunction with the organisers of the march were treated badly and detained for a while. Organisers have confirmed that at least 10 people were arrested but it is unclear if they have been charged with any specific crime. Organisers of Pride said that they would be able to protect themselves: “Our security will be provided by recognising us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom.” Authorities also claimed that a properly valid application had not been submitted by organisers – a statement that had been denied. A statement from the Istanbul governor’s office read that there “are serious criticisms against this march and from different fractions of the society on social media”. They called for residents of Istanbul to “help the security officers by abiding by their calls and warnings”. The event was due to take place in Taksim Square in the centre of the city, but police established checkpoints around the area to prevent people thought to be protesters from getting to the area, Pride-themed items were forced to remove.The statement from Pride organisers was written following the ban, the committee wrote that they were “not scared”. “We are not scared, we are here, we will not change. You are scared, you will change and you will get used to it. We are here again to show that we will fight in a determined fashion for our pride,” it read.

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