ISTANBUL, TURKEY — (06-27-22) — Istanbul Police intentionally broke up a LGBT pride parade using batons and tear gas on Sunday, arresting over 150 attendees and 50 journalists covering the event. In fact the NATO member’s local authorities reportedly attempted to stop journalists from recording or taking pictures of the anti-LGBTQ action taken by police.

The Agence France reported that one of their photographer’s was detained. Nevertheless, photos from the disturbing event show police struggling with LGBTQ rally-goers.

Istanbul authorities claimed that they had issued a 7-day ban on public demonstrations ahead of the pride parade.

“We have obtained information that between June 21 2022 and June 23 2022, gatherings, press releases, marches, distribution of leaflets, etc are planned to be held within the scope of the 30th ‘Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week,’” said city governors in a written statement. “All events are banned in all open and closed areas for seven days.”

Watch Police Break Up Istanbul PRIDE Parade Celebration

Istanbul’s LGBT Pride Week Committee issued a statement condemning city officials and arguing they had no right to ban the event last week.

“This decision is illegal, and we would like to inform you that we will use all our rights and make the necessary objections,” the organization wrote. “We would like to thank our entire network of lawyers and venues that have supported us. We won’t give up, we are not afraid! We will continue our events in safe places and online.”

The LGBT Pride Week Committee also said that the march was set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the LGBT movement in Turkey.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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