Another anti-LGBTI+ ‘hate march’ held in Turkey’s capital Ankara

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Nur Kaplan / DUVAR

The second “hateful” anti-LGBTI+ rally and march took place in the capital Ankara on October 30, following a call from the Civil Society Platform.

The group gathered to target LGBTI+ groups and the Istanbul Convention, held up banners reading “No to the imposition of deviance” and “Family is the cornerstone of society”, and chanted slogans such as “No to evil global movements”, “Say stop to heresy” and “Together let’s protect the family” in Turkish.

The group also chanted “Takbir, Allah-u Ekber” (Allah is the greatest). The group closed Anafartalar Street to traffic for about 2 hours.

The head of Ankara’s civil society platform, Mustafa Kır, targeted the Istanbul Convention and claimed that the contract had corrupted the family structure.

Kır said: “The purpose of the Istanbul Convention has been described as being signed to protect violence and rape against women. In fact, it is a dangerous global project aimed at empowering LGBTI people, disrupting the old family structure and draining our generations. Gender equality is a betrayal project. We must hold the hand of our brothers and sisters who are involved in the perversion and bring them back to normal life.

The first anti-LGBTI+ “hate” rally and march took place in Istanbul’s Fatih neighborhood on September 18.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed a presidential decree on March 20, 2021, renouncing the Istanbul Convention aimed at protecting women from violence. On July 1, 2021, the country officially left the convention, sparking massive protests and anger from women’s rights groups, who believed the deal was essential.

Turkey, the first country to ratify the treaty in 2011, suffers from high rates of femicide and violence against women is rampant.

(English version by Alperen Şen)

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