Turkish police carried out dozens of arrests during the Pride March in Istanbul on Sunday, including that of an AFP photographer, noted a team from Agence France-Presse.
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Even before the rally began, riot police raided several bars in the Cihangir neighborhood around Taksim and “randomly” arrested people there, including journalists, according to the report. AFP.
Bülent Kilic, an experienced and award-winning Agency photographer familiar with conflict zones, was handcuffed behind his back, his T-shirt ripped off and loaded with others into a police van.
He had already been arrested last year in the same circumstances.
The Pride March was officially banned by the city’s governor, but hundreds of protesters waving rainbow flags began gathering in the streets adjacent to the famous Taksim Square, which is completely closed to the public.
After a spectacular parade in 2014 of more than 100,000 people in Istanbul, the Turkish authorities banned it year after year, officially for security reasons.