Wednesday 28 September 2016

Turkish police clear gay rally

Published 28/06/2015 | 18:16

A marcher in the Gay Pride rally in Istanbul reacts as others flee after Turkish police use a water canon to disperse them (AP)
A marcher in the Gay Pride rally in Istanbul reacts as others flee after Turkish police use a water canon to disperse them (AP)

Turkish police have used water cannon and tear gas to clear a gay pride rally from Istanbul's central square.

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Between 100 and 200 marchers were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd.

It was not immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy rally away from the area.

The crowd regrouped a few blocks down the street and continued to dance and chant slogans against homophobia without any further clashes.

The rally grew to several thousand people as the day wore on.

Press Association

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