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Istanbul gay pride riots

The Guardian -- Turkish police use teargas against gay activists in Istanbul

Turkish police detained 19 people and fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse dozens of activists attempting to gather in Istanbul on Sunday to mark gay pride week after authorities banned their march.

Volker Beck, a member of the German Bundestag and a veteran gay rights activist, was among those briefly detained. Two other German citizens were also detained.

“They did nothing wrong. They were put into a police car,” he said. “It is a fair and democratic right in Turkey as well as Germany and I cannot understand that such threatening of an MP can – happen in front of the police.”

Vice -- Turkish riot police fire tear gas and make arrests at Istanbul gay pride parade

"We will not allow degenerates to carry out their fantasies on this land, which our ancestors left us by paying a heavy price," said Kursat Mican, head of the Istanbul division of the ultra-nationalist youth group the Alperen Hearths, at a press conference earlier this month. "We are not responsible for what will happen after this point... If you're not taught by experience, you're taught by a beating."

One week earlier:

The Guardian -- Erdoğan dined with transgender star

[On Sunday June 19] Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had a Ramadan dinner with Turkey’s best-known transgender celebrity hours after Istanbul riot police broke up an LGBT rally.


Earlier on Sunday, Istanbul riot police fired rubber bullets and teargas to prevent a trans pride event taking place during Ramadan.