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Third time, no charm: Eid proves unlucky for Istanbul Pride

Istanbul's pride parade has been derailed yet again by police and ultranationalists, but LGBT Turks and their supporters still have much to celebrate.
Plainclothes police officers detain LGBT rights activists as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2IB9Y

For the third time since 2015, Istanbul Pride met with resistance from police and ultranationalist activists. On June 25, riot squads fired rubber bullets at those who wished to participate in the parade celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and prevented large crowds from gathering in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square. At least 44 people were detained. There was some positive news in all of this: There was no bloodshed and the detained were later released by police.

While LGBT people and their supporters have been marching all over the world in parades that emphasize the merits of diversity, respect and acceptance toward all people, pride parades in Turkey have become an easy target.

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