Gay Rights In Turkey

Gay Rights In Turkey

I’m appalled the police officers in Istanbul were authorized by the government to use tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons on the LGBT Pride March, comprised of peaceful people walking together on a public street. Its offensive that citizens are being treated this way by fellow countrymen. The government claimed that they were dispersing the crowds because it was the month of Ramadan, but isn’t Turkey a Republic? How is a peaceful group, whatever the number, walking on Istiklal Caddesi, one of the most liberal places in Istanbul, affecting peoples ability to express their religion. Besides, Islam is not the only religion in Turkey, so to favor one group over another is discrimination. There is no logical reason why events cannot coincide simultaneously. Religion is a private matter, and should not involve force unless it is for protection, and the marching folks sure weren’t harming people, or denying them their right to express their religion through fasting etc.

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