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Turkish police use tear gas, rubber bullets to disperse LGBT rally in Istanbul

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Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul, Turkey

Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Lubunya.

Police have deployed tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an annual LGBT pride demonstration in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul. At least 15 people were arrested during the event, which was banned by the authorities.

A group of at least 150 activists holding placards and rainbow flags gathered near Taksim Square to stage an LGBT Trans Pride demonstration on Sunday, AFP reported.

The event was partially organized by Istanbul’s LGBT Solidarity Association on Facebook. According to the community nearly 300 people said they were going to the event.

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