Istanbul Pride: Turkish riot police fire rubber bullets at LGBT marchers


Police used tear gas to disperse crowds and activists said plastic bullets were also used.

Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have thwarted attempts by organisers to hold a banned Gay Pride march.

It is the third year in a row that the march has been banned.

In this Tuesday, June 20, 2017 photo, Seyhan Arman, 37, a Turkish transgender woman acts on stage next to a photo of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, during her solo performance for Istanbul's Pride Week.

In Minneapolis, organizers of Sunday's Twin Cities Pride Parade initially asked the police department to limit its participation, with the chairwoman saying the sight of uniformed officers could foster "angst and tension and the feeling of unrest" after a suburban officer's acquittal this month in the deadly shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, during a traffic stop.

At least ten people were arrested after a scuffle broke out between a group of activists opposing the march and LGBT demonstrators.

'Get used to it - we are here and we are not leaving, ' it read.

"It's a lovely pride that we all should be in awe of", she added.

"The violence against us has existed since the day we were born".

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He says that anybody trying to unfurl a rainbow flag or pass police blockades was prevented from doing so. We will close down that street and they will not be able to go there.

She called the ban "nonsense" and said: "Everybody deserves equal rights".

It will be the second year running that Istanbul's LGBT march, described in the past as the biggest in the Muslim world, has been blocked by city authorities.

Past year the Alperen Ocaklari, an ultra-nationalist and conservative group, threatened to attack Pride events if the authorities didn't ban them.

Sunday's planned march coincides with the Eid holiday, marking the end of a month of fasting for Ramadan.

Critics accuse President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of having overseen a creeping Islamisation since he came to power, first as prime minister in 2003 and then president in 2014.

"We are not alone, we are not wrong, we have not given up", the Pride Committee's statement said Sunday.

He has repeatedly infuriated activists with his conservative comments on sex and family planning, but has generally steered clear of commenting publicly on gay issues. Threats, bans, pressures will not deter us. We are warning our intelligence agencies, ' Mican added.