While London Pride was a beacon of hope and light amidst a weekend of Brexit and political upheaval, Istanbul Pride was another story with rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas used against activists.
The annual event, which started in 2003 with only 30 people in attendance has expanded exponentially, with 100,000 attending in 2013. And was banned this year by the government, who cited a desire to ‘safeguard security and public order’ after a string of bombings around the country the last year. Despite this, 2-300 young LGBT activists attended on Sunday despite the ban.
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