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German politicians detained at Istanbul gay parade

Two German politicians are detained in Istanbul on Sunday as riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters defying a ban on the city’s Gay Pride parade.

Authorities in Turkey’s biggest city had banned the annual parade earlier this month citing security reasons, sparking anger from gay rights activists.

Volker Beck, a prominent Green lawmaker and one of Germany’s most vocal gay politicians, and Green MEP Terry Reintke both say on Twitter that they had been briefly detained.

Reintke tweets that 15 people had been detained, complaining that the riot police — who turned out in force — had been “very aggressive.”

Two or three hundred people turned out despite the ban, an AFP journalist says, gathering in small groups around the busy Istiklal shopping street.

They are quickly dispersed by police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets and confiscated their rainbow flags.

AFP

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