Police dispersed İstanbul pride march with teargas

Turkish police dispersed the crowd gathered in Taksim for the İstanbul pride with teargas and batons and detained 5 people, after the group read their press statement, Artı Gerçek reported on Sunday.

Istanbul's governor banned the march for the fourth consecutive year, citing potential negative incidences. In previous years, the governor’s office cited first the month of Ramadan that coincided with the day of the March and threats against LGTBQ community as the reasons behind the decision to ban the event. Organisers noted that this year pride march neither coincided with the month of Ramadan nor their community received any threats and vowed to start the march on Sunday evening in Taksim as planned. 

The organisers than negotiated with the police and were allowed to use one street in Taksim for the march. The police blocked other areas nearby before the event took start.

However, after the organisers read their press statement, the police used teargas to disperse the crowd. LGBTQ organisation Kaos GL announced that the police detained five people.