Let’s do the Turkey Trot Again


Istanbul, yesterday | Ozan Kose, AFP | 16249

Turkish security forces briefly detained two German politicians who joined demonstrators on Sunday. The demonstrators were defying the ban on Istanbul’s Gay Pride parade. Police used rubber bullets, tear gas and detained 12 gay activists in a bid to disperse the gathering.

Istanbul Pride descended into chaos with Turkish riot and plain clothes police clamping down on the few hundred protesters who gathered in small groups.

Two German politicians detained were Volker Beck and Green MEP Terry Reintke. By Sunday night, a dozen other detained activists had been released.