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Turkish police attack LGBTI protestors with water cannon, create a rainbow

Turkish police attack LGBTI protestors with water cannon, create a rainbow

Istanbul Pride got attacked by water cannons

Turkish police fired water cannons and tear gas on LGBTI marchers during the 13th Istanbul Pride Parade on Sunday.

The parade was scheduled but ‘suddenly banned without any prior warning’ according to the Istanbul LGBTI Pride Week Committee.

Police told marchers as they gathered in central Takim Square that the parade was cancelled.

They began to fire tear glass and rubber bullets on the marchers – as well as deploying a water cannon.

Though homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey, the country is still mostly conservative and homophobia is widespread and tolerated.

This pride march takes place during the holy month of Ramadan, which may have affected the Istanbul Governor Office’s decision to abruptly ban the parade.

Despite the violence unleashed by the city’s police, a rainbow appeared over the spray of the water cannon, as if affirming #LoveWins.