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More than 300 LGBTQ activists in Istanbul are released after being detained

Added 06-27-22 06:07:02am EST - “The once-annual Pride march has been banned since 2015 when police used tear gas and water cannons after a last-minute ban to disperse crowds.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “More than 300 LGBTQ activists in Istanbul are released after being detained”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

People shout slogans next to Turkish police officers during the LGBTQ Pride March in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 26, 2022. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

People shout slogans next to Turkish police officers during the LGBTQ Pride March in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 26, 2022.

ISTANBUL — Istanbul's LGBTQ Pride organizers say more than 360 people were detained by police Sunday following a ban on all Pride events.

Kaos GL, a leading LGBTQ rights association, said all the detained were being freed Monday after giving their police statement and undergoing health checks. Some were released overnight.

District governors in the two popular Istanbul districts of Beyoglu and Kadikoy outlawed all LGBTQ events last week, saying the ban would to ensure safety, peace and prevent crime. Numerous streets and subway stations were closed off by police Sunday to stop protesters from gathering. Police also pushed and detained journalists.

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