- Not rainbow flags but black police uniforms dominate the streets Sunday in Istanbul. Police are flocking to the leg in the Turkish metropolis to maintain the ban on the annual Gay Pride parade. The governor of Istanbul banned the march, because according to him, the security can not be guaranteed.
Nationalist and conservative opponents had threatened disturbance of the Gay Pride and the Trans Pride, which was scheduled for last Sunday and was also banned because law and order would be at stake.
At central locations such as Taksim Square and Istiklal Street, which opens onto the main square, have been deployed countless agents. There are also armored cars prepared with water cannons. The organizers of the Gay Pride wanted instead of the march read a statement on the Istiklal Caddesi, but that was not allowed. Small groups therefore held only small-scale actions at various places in the city.
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In 2013 and 2014, the Istanbul Pride pulled yet another 100 000 people. Last year the event was suddenly banned because of Ramadan. The Islamic fasting month is also ongoing.