Monday, June 29, 2015
Shame on Istanbul
Millions of people celebrated gay pride this past weekend on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, where police raided a gay bar and the patrons fought back. This weekend in Istanbul, Turkey a planned gay pride march was called off minutes before it was set to begin, claiming that that celebration could not be held during Ramadan. Police used water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets to attack the demonstrators. Photos and videos from the event are still emerging, but you can click here for a sample. You can also click on the links below this story.
This is a serious stain on human rights in Turkey and the actions are indefensible under international human rights law. News reports state that the parade has previously taken place without incident for the past 10 years.
Shame on Istanbul.