LGBT parade in Turkey draws hundreds despite government ban


Hundreds of people marched in an LGBT pride parade in Turkey on Sunday, despite a government ban on the celebration.

Marchers gathered in Istanbul for less than an hour before being dispersed by police, according to CNN.

Some in attendance were tear-gassed by officials, and several marchers were detained, according to human rights group Amnesty Turkey.

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) event has reportedly been banned by Turkish authorities for the past four years.

{mosads}The pride parade hasn’t been allowed since 2014, when an estimated 90,000 people reportedly participated in the march.

The following year, only a few hundred marchers attended after it was banned by authorities, who cited religious concerns over the holy month of Ramadan occurring at the same time.

Parades in 2016 and 2017 were also reportedly banned for religious reasons.

Turkish authorities refused to allow this year’s event, even though it was scheduled to take place after Ramadan.

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