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Istanbul police break up Pride rallies with tear gas

Istanbul police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on LGBTQ supporters to enforce a ban on Pride parades in Turkey’s largest city. They detained at least 20 people during the Sunday clash in central Istanbul, as marchers tried to gather in the historically symbolic Taksim Square. This is the third year officials have banned Pride events, citing security risks to marchers, residents and tourists. Far-right Islamist and nationalist groups threatened the parade days before. But organizers said the ban stemmed from widespread homophobia in the country and blamed President Recep…

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