Turkish police use tear gas against women’s march in İstanbul

Women’s rights marchers in İstanbul were met with tear gas on Sunday as they gathered for a protest on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, left-wing news site Gazete Duvar reported.

After the marchers ignored calls to disperse, Turkish riot police fired tear gas on a group of women gathered at the Tünel Square in Taksim.

Protesters on Istiklal Street
Protesters on Istiklal Street


The Municipality of İstanbul has banned protests on İstikal Street citing security concerns.

Another group of protesters passed the police barricade and released a statement to the media on İstiklal Street, the newspaper said.

In the Turkish capital city of Ankara, hundreds of women called for a greater struggle in combatting violence against women.


The general secretary of the NGO “We Will Stop Women Murders” platform, Gülsüm Kav said violence against women needs better protection by the law, calling for the complete implementation of law no. 6284 pertaining to the protection family and prevention violence against women.

The co chairperson for Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Pervin Buldan and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) İstanbul Provincial Chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu were among those in attendance at the women’s march in İstanbul.

There has been an increase in the reported case of violence against women in the last six years, according to Turkey's Human Rights Association (IHD).

According to women’s rights organizations We Will Stop Femicide , the number of women murdered by a partner or relative in Turkey increased from 237 in 2013 to 409 in 2017. The group logged 130 deaths from January through April of this year.