The Pride march, which was banned by Istanbul's Beyoglu district governorate, took place despite a police blockade
eight activists LGBTI have been arrested this Sunday in Istanbul during a march of Pride Banned by the Turkish authorities. The organization KaosGL, the first official association LGTBI de Türkiye, reported in Twitter about the arrests.
The association affirmed that the march of the Pride, which was banned by the governorate of the district of Istanbul Beyoglu, would take place despite the police blockade.
The agents did not allow those attending the march to reach the street istiklal and the square of Partition, an emblematic place for the Turkish left, and detained eight activists.
— Barikat Haber (@barikatmedya) June 18, 2023
A story that repeats itself every year
El Pride It is held in Istanbul since 2003 and little by little the number of protesters has been increasing. "In 2009 we only attended about 200 people. The police cornered us and invested us with armored vehicles. This year we are 5.000. People are slowly losing their fear, but there is still a lot to do", recalled the French activist known by the nickname of Kaptain Bear.
En 2014 gathered some 15.000 people and it was the following year, in 2015, when it was first banned. As on this occasion the police fired tear gas to disperse the participants. For this reason the associations of the collective decided to cancel in 2016 the March.