Tag Archives: LGBTI

Amnesty: Pride march ban is a new low

In a statement issued today, Amnesty International voiced its dismay at the unwarranted ban on the annual Pride March in Istanbul, describing it as “a new low.” The statement also noted the use of excessive force by the police in … Continue reading

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Pride March Banned, Protestors attacked in Istanbul

They are water cannoning anything that moves — Nick Ashdown (@Nick_Ashdown) June 28, 2015 For over a decade, the Pride March in Istanbul has been a centerpiece of Turkey’s active LGBTI community.  For over a decade, it has been staged … Continue reading

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Good news, bad news, and ridiculous news

The good: the Pride March Let us take a moment to celebrate the important success of the Pride March that took place in Taksim this past Sunday. Amnesty had been concerned that Turkish authorities would restrict the march.  As Amnesty … Continue reading

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More police violence against peaceful protestors in Istanbul

Thousands gathered with flowers in #taksim square in #istanbul but police used tear gas and water cannon again. #gezipark — muratcekic (@muratcekic) June 22, 2013 Turkish protestors have demonstrated remarkable creativity in their response to government efforts to stifle their … Continue reading

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New concerns and ways to take action

Amnesty International today voiced its concern that the ban on  public assembly in Taksim Square will put proposed Pride Marches at risk.  Amnesty argues that “not allowing peaceful gatherings in one of Istanbul’s most iconic squares is a serious assault … Continue reading

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