LGBTI event at İstanbul University canceled over threats, 26 students briefly detained.

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06/20/2022

A picnic scheduled to take place on the Beyazıt campus of İstanbul University as part of LGBTI Pride Week activities was canceled after it was targeted by radical Islamist groups who threatened to lynch attendees, Turkish Minute reported. While police didn’t disperse the group that had gathered in front of the campus gate and chanted “Takbir, Allahu Akbar” (God is the greatest) and “Beyazıt is ours and it will remain ours,” they briefly detained 26 students who turned out to support their friends, the organizers of the picnic. The picnic, which was planned by the İstanbul University Equality Society to be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, was canceled due to security concerns, with the Equality Society announcing the development on social media and warning those planning to participate not to be seen in the vicinity in large groups and to leave Beyazıt safely.

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