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.
Turkish authorities will not allow New Year celebrations at Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square for security reasons, state media reported Wednesday, quoting local officials.
The shuttered Ataturk Cultural Center, which played a key role in the 2013 protests, will be demolished as part of the project. Erdogan compared the opera house's opponents to those who hinder the fight against terror.
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.
Sexual minority groups are among those feeling increasing pressure from authorities in Turkey. Bans and discrimination are now a part of their daily lives. But as Hilal Köylü reports, the resistance is growing.
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