Pride celebrations stir tensions in Turkey

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07/01/2020

This year’s LGBT Pride celebrations have exposed fault lines in Turkey as authorities called for caution against what they call LGBT propaganda, while companies who adopted rainbow colours on social media have faced boycott calls. Hashtags demanding a ban on LGBT activities and a boycott by shoppers of companies expressing solidarity have been trending on Twitter since Sunday, celebrated worldwide as Pride Day. On Sunday, Kerem Kinik, chair of the Red Crescent Society of Turkey, said he would “fight against those who violate healthy creation”. His tweet drew a rebuke from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the movement’s international network. In response, Fahrettin Altun, a top aide to President Tayyip Erdogan, tweeted: “LGBT propaganda poses a grave threat to freedom of speech. The IFRC became complicit in that attack by targeting (Kinik) — a doctor who devoted his entire life to protecting children around the world. We won’t be silenced!”

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