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Turkish police use water cannon to disperse gay pride parade

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 01:15

Turkish police disrupt a crowd gathering for Istanbul's annual gay pride parade, using water cannon and rubber pellets to disperse them. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Istanbul's annual gay pride parade hadn't officially begun when Turkish police started firing rubber pellets on the crowd... though it's not immediately clear why. Turkey's Dogan news agency reports that police told the crowd they would not allow the march. But LGBT supporters say, law enforcement went too far: (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) LGBT SUPPORTER, BULENT, SAYING: "The people do not hurl stones and they never would. They do not throw petrol bombs. They just ask for a legal recognition. You have seen the intervention here. This is the summary of what has been happening in Turkey. Any request for rights are met like this." Many call Istanbul's annual parade the largest gay pride event in the Muslim world. But this year, the timing of the parade coincided with the holy month of Ramadan, something that could cause conservative Muslims to bristle. While homosexuality, unlike most other Muslim countries, is not a crime in Turkey, homophobia remains widespread.

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Turkish police use water cannon to disperse gay pride parade

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 01:15