Turkey stepped up security after a series of attacks by Kurdish rebels and the extremist group “Islamic state”.
Istanbul authorities have not given permission to hold the annual gay pride parade on 26 June, explaining that the ban is motivated by “security and public order.”
Earlier this week, one of the ultra-nationalist Turkish groups had threatened to disrupt the action if the government does not prohibit it. Turkey stepped up security after a series of attacks by Kurdish rebels and the extremist group “Islamic state”.
In June last year, police in Istanbul used rubber bullets and water cannons against participants in a gay pride parade. Police used force after the protesters began to shout slogans, accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s fascism.
In addition, the parade coincided with the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan, which angered many believers. Before gay pride parades in Istanbul took place 11 times and there are no serious incidents during their conduct was not.