Turkish Police Use Water Cannons to Clear Gay Pride Rally


TURKEY — For residents of Istanbul, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride Parade is a familiar sight. But attendees at the Turkish city’s 13th annual march were forcibly prevented from celebrating.

Riot police used water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse crowds at the 2015 Gay Pride festival. Media reports suggest the march was stopped before it started when crowds began to denounce Turkey’s Conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Some in the crowd responded by throwing objects at the riot police. Thousands of festival goers had been congregating near Taskim Square when the police started to try and disperse them.

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