Turkish police have prevented people from gathering in large numbers for LGBT pride in Istanbul as small groups continue to make ad hoc demonstrations despite a ban issued by the governor. Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI Pride called for the march in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for "we march." The Istanbul governor's office on Saturday banned the event — for the third year in a row — citing reasons of safety and public order. Police established checkpoints in the area on Sunday, preventing groups from entering Istiklal Avenue and turning back people who they deemed were associated with the march.
June 25 / ABC