Police break up ‘Las Tesis’ dance protest in southern Turkey

Turkish police broke up a demonstration by women in the country’s southern province of Antalya who had gathered to protest violence against women.

Police prevented approximately 100 women preparing to perform the Las Tesis dance, a protest created by a Chilean feminist collective that has gone viral, news site T24 said. 

The group dispersed after the Antalya Women’s Platform, a local woman’s rights group that organised the rally, released a press statement, it said.

Turkish police intervened in another Las Tesis inspired protest in Istanbul earlier this month.

On December 8, around 300 women gathered in the city’s Kadiköy district to protest violence against women. A brawl broke out between police and protesters and seven demonstrators were detained.

Violence against women is a widespread problem in Turkey. Women's rights groups have blasted the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for failing to tackle the issue 

A total of 440 women were killed in gender-based violence 2018, according to the country’s We Will Stop Femicide Platform.