July 3, 2018
Bugün Berlin'de İstanbul'la aynı saatte İstanbul Pride ile dayanışma eylemi gerçekleşti. Alışın her yerdeyiz! 🌈 pic.twitter.com/4eQld1pXMe
— LGBTİ+ Onur Haftası (@istanbulpride) July 1, 2018
“Yeah, sure, you faggots can have a parade…” he said, as he loaded his gun.
LGBT Turks staged a gay pride rally Sunday in Istanbul despite warnings by police that the event was not legal, after reportedly coming to a last-minute agreement to allow a smaller gathering. Police nonetheless attacked congregants with rubber bullets and arrested at least five, ending the event the same way it has for the past four years.
Istanbul Pride used to be the largest event of its kind in the Muslim world, but has faced repeated state violence and arbitrary shutdowns under Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan recently cemented himself in power in a presidential election where he nearly banned any media presence for the opposition and one of his most formidable opponents was forced to campaign from prison.
According to Amnesty International, police told organizers the traditional parade was banned due to being “not appropriate,” but the group negotiated to allow a small rally on one street. The Istanbul LGBTI+ group used the opportunity to read a press release denouncing the Islamist government and mocking their fear of free expression.
The congregation also chanted slogans such as, “Don’t be silent, shout out, homosexuals exist.”
Following the end of the reading of the statement, police demanded that the crowd disperse, arresting 11 and shooting into the crowd with rubber bullets. According to one report, an individual was attacked by a police dog and tackled by ten officers. At least 5 remained behind bars on Monday, the organizers tweeted, but were ultimately released after an interrogation.
Sometimes, it really feels like every third world nation is more civilized and advanced than America.
Duterte is sniping drug dealers, Erdogan is shooting rubber bullets at faggots.
Meanwhile, the US is a regressive cesspit of drugs and faggotism.
What is going on with our country?