Turkish police disperse crowds at Istanbul’s LGBT Pride march

Riot police disperse LGBT rights activists as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in central Istanbul, Turkey, 25 June, 2017 (Photo: Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Turkish police blocked Istanbul’s Istiklal street and dispersed activists trying to gather on Sunday after Istanbul banned the city’s LGBT Pride march for a second year.

Police in plain clothes lined the entrance of the street and did not allow the activists to enter the area.

Riot police used tear gas, dogs and rubber pellets to disperse the activits gathered in a nearby area after failing to enter Istiklal street.