Turkish police dispersed crowd gathered in the western city of İzmir for a public statement over the governorate’s pride parade ban and detained 17 people after the group read their press statement, Sendika.org reported on Saturday.
The group firstly was not allowed to issue the public statement. The organizers than negotiated with the police and were allowed to read their statement, Sendika.org said.
However, after the organizers read their press statement, the police dispersed the crowd. LGBTQ organization Kaos GL announced that the police detained 17 people. “On the 50th year of “Stonewall Riot” that inspired pride parades throughout the world, the state in Turkey once again is trying to violate the right to exist of LGBTI+ citizens,” the statement reads, adding that İzmir’s governor banned the march for the second consecutive years.