Turkish Police Detain 10 for Protesting Televised Ad for Anti-LGBT Rally

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09/13/2023

Turkish police in the port city of Izmir detained 10 protesters who objected to the Turkish TV and radio regulator’s decision to broadcast a public ad on TV urging citizens to join an anti-LGBT rally on Sunday in Istanbul. Protesters gathered in front of the Izmir office of the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council, RTUK, and local media reported that police moved in on the protesters. The protest, entitled “Speaking Out Against LGBTI+ Phobic State Institutions”, was intended also to counter Sunday’s event in Istanbul, called the “Great Family Gathering Against Perversion,” staged by Islamist and conservative groups.

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