Istanbul gay pride rally marchers targeted by tear gas and riot police

A large crowd gathers along Market Street during the 45th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade on Sunday

A large crowd gathers along Market Street during the 45th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade on Sunday

The organizing committee for LGBTI pride week reacted to the decision of the Istanbul Governor's Office, saying banning the march contravenes global conventions, Turkish law and the constitution.

March has been threatened by ultranationalists.

The large "resistance contingent" leading San Francisco's parade includes groups that represent women, immigrants, African-Americans and others along with LGBTQ people. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said "an estimated 20 people" were detained after protesters did not heed warnings to disperse.

In 2016, the march was banned by the Governor's Office as Turkey saw attacks claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Parade organisers said members of the ultraconservative groups also showed up in Taksim Square, yet police prevented a face-off between the different groups. But in 2015 it was broken up by police and it was banned last year and again this year after threats from the ultra-nationalist Alperen Hearths group.

"Two years ago police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse participants, after organizers said they had been refused permission because it coincided with the holy month of Ramadan", the Hindu continued.

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In one of the biggest LGBT events in the mainly Muslim region, the 2014 Gay Pride parade in Istanbul drew tens of thousands of people.

"Our security will be provided by protecting the rights of all humans, without discrimination, and protecting social peace", added the Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Committee. But as you're getting your rainbows ready and trying to figure out how to just how you want your freak flag to fly, think too about ways you can make this Pride more political than ever.

"What is worrying the government is that they are seeing people from the LGBT community", said Iram, a young LGBT activist.

The area around the central shopping street however was closed off, side streets were blocked, and police searched passers-by, according to a dpa reporter at the scene.

Chief Saunders announced in February that the Toronto police would not be participating in Pride events this year. "They made their decision not to support us or inclusiveness in a publicly-funded parade that is supposed to be about inclusiveness".

The US soldier, who was jailed for providing confidential documents to WikiLeaks, joined thousands in the streets of NY for the pride parade.

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