Trans Pride March attacked in Istanbul

Riot police diffuse altercation between Trans Pride and right-wing marches

Trans Pride March attacked in Istanbul
26 June 2012

Istanbul’s Trans Pride March on Sunday was caught in an altercation with a right-wing march scheduled for the same time in the same place.

Hundreds of transgenders and their supporters gathered in Taksim Square in Istanbul for the third annual Trans Pride March.

The march was supposed to start at 5pm, an hour after another march by right-wing groups in the same square to protest about the attacks by the PKK (Kurdish Workers’ Party) on Turkish soldiers.

‘When the trans activists arrived in the square, shouting "solidarity against fascism" with their rainbow flags, a group of fascists holding Turkish flags, started to attack us throwing bottles and sticks,’ said Turkish trans activist Kemal Ordek.

‘Fortunately, no-one was hurt as the [riot] police immediately went in between the two groups and stopped the counter demonstrators to attack us. The same group continued to hold their counter demonstration for a while, insulting and threatening us.’

The Trans Pride March, the finale of Turkey’s Trans Pride Week, started after the altercation and continued along Isitklal Street without any more problems.

Transgender women in Turkey have been subjected to a series of violent attacks. Last year 28 were murdered showing that Turkish authorities had failed to a respond to a 2010 Human Rights Watch report entitled Turkey: Stop Violence Against Transgender People.

Watch a video of the stand off between the two marches here:

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Ellen DeGeneres moves up to fifth place on Forbes' 15th Annual Celebrity 100 list

Ranks behind only Beyonce, LeBron James, Dr. Dre and Oprah Winfrey when ranking world’s most powerful celebrities
No thumbnail available

Paramedic accused of raping woman claimed: ‘I don’t want to be gay’

A 25-year-old is being accused of conning women into believing he is gay so he could rape them
No thumbnail available

Seth Rogen crushes on ripped Neighbors co-star Zac Efron who he calls 'the sexiest motherf–ker alive!'

'I would just look at (his body) and want to just reach out and touch it'
No thumbnail available

Most Australian soldiers serving openly but 1 in 10 has been harassed, study finds

A new report in Australia’s Army Journal has found that a majority of gay and lesbian personnel are out to colleagues - though a significant minority aren’t out of fear it will affect their career while nearly 1 in 10 say they have been victims to homophobic harassment
No thumbnail available

Killing Joke say they are not haters

Punk rock band denies anti-gay comments and says Nazi salute artwork was ‘satirical’
No thumbnail available

Landmark pro gay verdict delivered in Serbia court

A court in Novi Sad, Serbia has delivered the country's first ever verdict against discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace
No thumbnail available

Group files lawsuit against new California law banning reparative therapy for LGBT minors

Pacific Justice Institute wants courts to halt law before it takes effect in 2013
No thumbnail available

Orange pulls ads from Uganda tabloid that outed 200 gay people

Telecoms company is protesting against Uganda's anti-gay law that punishes homosexuality with life in jail
No thumbnail available

What's gay in the Golden Globe Award nominations

James Parsons gets nod for Big Bang Theory, Sarah Paulson for Game Change, Tony Kushner nominated for writing screenplay for Lincoln
Matt Bomer has no patience for generalizations about gays - or anyone

Matt Bomer has no patience for generalizations about gays - or anyone

'Get rid of the labels, get rid of the shame, get rid of the stigmas and just be your most authentic self'