By Melanie Nathan, June 28, 2015.
In stark contrast to Pride celebrations in the United States, where being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender was celebrated with joy and a focus on recent equality victories, the Pride parade held in Turkey was marred by police violence against the thousands of LGBT people and allies who marched in Istanbul.
The Police , after asking marchers to disperse, attacked the dancing and chanting Pride marchers with water hoses and rubber bullets, dispersing a peaceful crowd as if it were a riot. Member sof the public also attacked, harassed and bullied marchers.
While this week has been extraordinary for LGBTI America, as the Supreme Court ruled marriage equality for all 50 U.S. States, I predicted that we could expect a reactionary backlash in anti-gay countries around the world, where homosexuality, and in some places so called ‘promotion’ of homosexuality, is criminalized. As one marcher noted on a CNN report – “We are not fighting for equality, we are just fighting for our lives and our right to exist.”
Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas to clear a gay pride rally from Istanbul’s central square Sunday.
Between 100 and 200 marchers were chased away from Taksim Square after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd.
It wasn’t immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy rally away from the area. READ MORE AND SEE VIDEO