Turkey police bash LGBT pride parade in Istanbul

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Turkey police bash LGBT pride parade in Istanbul
Turkey’s ruling AKP Party has cracked down and suppressed gay rights and Pride Month for a decade under an increasingly authoritarian agenda.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
JUNE 27, 2021

Turkey’s far-right ruling party, which is known for its frequent homophobic remarks, sent its police to attack a peaceful LGBT pride parade in Istanbul on Saturday. Turkey’s government has become increasingly authoritarian and hostile to gay rights, bashing activists over the years. Government officials have accused gay-rights activists of being “deviants,” and the ruling AKP Party, which has roots in the Muslim Brotherhood, has frequently pushed hate speech against gay people. The future of Turkey belonged to right-leaning Islamist youth, not “LGBT youth,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in February. AKP has cracked down and suppressed gay rights and Pride Month for a decade under an increasingly authoritarian agenda. Headlines in 2006 said gay rights were moving in a positive direction toward equality, but gay-rights activists are now beaten by police.

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