World · July 6, 2022

At least 36 detainees after the Pride march with Turkish police tear gas in Ankara

On Tuesday, Turkish police used tear gas and pepper spray to stop an LGBTQ + Pride march in the capital Ankara, arresting at least 36 people after authorities banned such marches in cities across the country for security reasons.

Reuters reporters saw activists sprinkling pepper and dragging them on the ground before handcuffing and loading them onto buses.

Turkey Pride March

Plainclothes Turkish policemen, right, clash with protesters during the LGBTQ Pride march in Ankara, Turkey on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. sources: AAP / AP

UniKuir, an Ankara-based LGBTQ + activist group, said at least 36 people were detained.

In Istanbul last week, police dispersed a larger annual Pride march and arrested more than 300 people.

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Thousands of people used to participate in the annual Pride marches on Istanbul’s main Istiklal Avenue, but in recent years the government led by President Tayyip Erdogan has strengthened its stance on gay rights.

Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, but hostility towards it is rife and police crackdown on Pride parades has been increasingly harsh over the years.