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Istanbul Gay Pride banned, crowds dispersed with tear gas

Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons on Istanbul Gay Pride participants over the weekend after the event was banned at the last minute.

Istanbul Gay Pride banned.
Istanbul Gay Pride banned. Image by Benson Kua / CC BY-SA 2.0

Istanbul authorities claimed the event was cancelled because it coincided with the month of Ramadan, but there was little advance warning. As crowds carrying rainbow flags and placards gathered near Taksim Square to begin the annual Pride march, they were greeted by police who had been ordered to break up the celebrations. Istanbul Gay Pride has been running since 2003 and is thought to be the largest gay pride event in the Muslim world. Read more: telegraph.co.uk