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#istanbulpride : Human rights in Turkey? the annual Gay Pride violently repressed in Istanbul //Droits de l’homme en Turquie: une Gay Pride violemment réprimée à Istanbul

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The Istanbul Governor’s Office released a statement on Monday saying that Sunday’s police intervention in an LGBT march was “proportionate,” and that the intervention occurred because the demonstration was “open to provocation,” and could have been met by counter demonstrators.

Turkish police fired water cannons and rubber bullets on participants in a gay pride parade in central İstanbul on Sunday. Two people were injured, according to local media reports, but the resilient marchers assembled again several blocks away and commenced with a demonstration that grew to the thousands by day’s end.

Police had cornered between 100 and 200 attendees in the city’s central square Taksim Square – a longtime gathering place for protests – and launched multiple streams of water at them to move the crowd down a side street in the late afternoon.

The riot-outfitted police also employed rubber pellets when the participants began denouncing “the facism” of conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A pair of journalists from the international news outlet reported harassment by pro-government counterprotesters and police on the scene.

The attempt to disperse the participants came after organizers said they had been refused permission to march this year because of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Police sprayed jets of water from trucks on crowds of hundreds who had gathered — many in colorful clothing and waving rainbow flags — near the area of Taksim Square, one of İstanbul’s busiest areas for shopping and tourists. The harsh police crackdown was widely criticized on social media.

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Français:: La Gay Pride violemment réprimée en Turquie.

La police anti-émeutes turque a violemment réprimé dimanche une Gay Pride, lançant des gaz lacrymogènes et utilisant des canons à eau pour disperser des milliers de manifestants rassemblés pacifiquement dans le centre d’Istanbul.

Lorsque des manifestants portant des drapeaux d’arc-en-ciel ont scandé des slogans dénonçant “le fascisme” du régime du président islamo-conservateur Recep Tayyip Erdogan, la police, présente en nombre à l’entrée de la grande artère piétonne d’Istiklal, a chargé en force la foule, utilisant par endroits des balles en caoutchouc.

Avant le lancement de la marche, de nombreux policiers en tenue ont fermé l’accès à la place Taksim, sur laquelle s’ouvre la rue d’Istiklal, centre de la contestation contre le régime islamo-conservateur de l’été 2013.

La place de Taksim, au centre d’Istanbul, est devenue le symbole de la contestation contre M. Erdogan et de son régime pendant près d’un mois en 2013. Un mouvement, réprimé par la police, qui avait gagné toute la Turquie pour dénoncer la dérive conservatrice de l’homme fort du pays. La communauté LGBT était à l’avant front du mouvement qui s’était soldé par la mort de huit personnes.

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