Riot police fired tear gas and pellets to disperse demonstrators participating in the annual Gay Pride in Istanbul. About 150 people had gathered around the Taksim Square on Sunday.
Organizers of a gay pride parade in Istanbul had said they would go ahead with a march despite a ban. But using tear gas and rubber bullets, police prevented large numbers of people from gathering together.
Demonstrators had attempted to defy a government ban on holding events in the symbolic square. The confrontation occurred shortly after a new round of internationally-criticized sackings among the Turkish civil service.
Minority rights advocates slammed the city government's decision, accusing it of giving in to right-wing nationalists. Parade organizers remained defiant, insisting they will gather somewhere.
Two German politicians were briefly detained as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters at a banned gay pride event in Istanbul. Officials cited security concerns for banning the gathering.
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