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(VIDEO) Pride parades marred by clashes and arrests in Turkey

Violence broke out in Istanbul this year as residents attempted to celebrate Pride.  Pride parades have been banned in Istanbul since 2014, and protesters had gathered in Taksim Square for a rally.

Violence broke out in Istanbul this year as residents attempted to celebrate Pride.  Pride parades have been banned in Istanbul since 2014, and protesters had gathered in Taksim Square for a rally.  Police moved in, arresting at least 20 and firing rubber bullets into the crowd in an attempt to disperse it.  At least one reporter was badly beaten while being arrested. The governor’s office had refused to authorize a march, citing the protection of peace, security, general health, and morality.

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