Mar 05 2018

Riot police disperse women’s rights march in Ankara

Turkish police have intervened on a women’s rights march in Turkey’s capital city, Ankara, using tear gas to disperse the large crowd of activists and temporarily detaining 18 of them, Turkish newspaper Birgün reports.

The march was called on Sunday by the Ankara Women’s Platform, a nongovernmental women’s rights organisation, in advance of International Women’s Day on Thursday.

The activists voiced a call for solidarity, saying they had gathered for their “labour, identity, and freedom.” They also declared their opposition to Turkey’s war in northwest Syria, and the ongoing state of emergency, which has been in place since shortly after a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Riot police intervened on the march, which the Ankara authorities had said would not be permitted due to state of emergency measures.

The 18 people detained by the police were later released, according to Birgün’s report.