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Istanbul Pride, Turkey Shame

By Jackscott

Istanbul Pride 2015Yesterday, at the very last minute, the Turkish authorities banned Istanbul Pride. A peaceful celebration of difference and diversity was savagely dispersed by water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas, the weapons of choice for the Turkish State. Memories of Gezi Park came flooding back. It seems the holy month of Ramadan was the feeble excuse offered up by the Police. Yet, last year’s march also occurred during Ramadan and passed off without incident. Perhaps this was the last hurrah of a president on the skids. I do hope so. Watch the footage of a young man waving a rainbow flag being blown clear off his feet by a water cannon. Is this the image of a modern Turkey President Erdogan wants to convey to the world?

What a shame. This is unacceptable, ridiculous and inhuman. Stop it. #istanbulpride pic.twitter.com/inbxMAYaES

— デニセ (@dxnyse) June 28, 2015

Images courtesy of Occupy Gezi and Twitter

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