Turkish police violently break up LGBT Pride parade at Ankara university

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6/11/22

Turkish police attacked a group of students during a LGBT Pride parade at Ankara’s Middle East Technical University on Friday. Turkish police violently attacked students during a LGBT Pride march at Ankara’s Middle East Technical University (METU) on Friday, according to reports. Multiple videos have surfaced on Twitter showing dozens of police armed with shields and batons entering the university and detaining some of the students. Some tweets said that the police also used tear gas. “Scenes of peaceful Pride marchers on the METU campus being confronted with police using unnecessary and excessive force, including pepper balls, are deeply disturbing,” said Nils Muižnieks, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, “particularly as this is a repeat of the brutality we saw here three years ago.”

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