Istanbul bans gay pride march on security grounds

AFP , Friday 17 Jun 2016

The authorities in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul on Friday said they would not allow an annual gay pride march planned later this month to take place, on grounds of "safeguarding security and public order".

The Istanbul governorate said in a statement it was aware through reports in the press and social media of plans to hold the annual march on June 26 but urged citizens not to follow the calls to take part and instead to comply with warnings by the security forces.

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