17 detained during press statement over Pride ban in Turkey's İzmir
Turkish police dispersed crowd gathered in the western city of İzmir for a public statement over the governorate's pride parade ban and detained 17 people, after the group read their press statement, Sendika.org reported on Saturday.
The group firstly was not allowed to issue the public statement. The organisers than negotiated with the police and were allowed to read their statement, Sendika.org said.
However, after the organisers read their press statement, the police dispersed the crowd. LGBTQ organisation Kaos GL announced that the police detained 17 people. "On the 50th year of "Stonewall Riot" that inspired pride parades throughout the world, the state in Turkey once again is trying to violate the right to exist of LGBTI+ citizens," the statement reads, adding that İzmir's governor banned the march for the second consecutive years.
Polis 7. İzmir Onur Yürüyüşüne müdahale etti. 1 kişiyi gözaltına aldı. pic.twitter.com/Yb1O8NUtFB— Kaos GL (@KaosGL) 22 Haziran 2019
The Pride March had been held peacefully in various cities, notably in Istanbul's Taksim Square, between 2003 and 2014. The popular event has faced a de facto ban, since 2015 in Istanbul, as the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government took a firm line against the country's LGBT community.