Organizers of the annual Gay Pride march in Istanbul insisted Saturday that it would go ahead in the city's Taksim Square despite a ban by the authorities over "safety concerns". Activists had called the parade for 5:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Sunday but the city governor's office said that Taksim was not an official rallying ground. "There will be no permission for a demonstration or a march on the said date considering the safety of tourists in the area... and public order," it said in a statement. City officials also said there had been no formal application to call a rally and that they only heard of the event through social media.
June 24 / Yahoo News