Turkish police disrupt LGBTQ+ pride march in Ankara and arrest 30 people

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Police in Ankara, the Turkish capital, broke up an LGBTQ+ pride march, arresting dozens of people.

Turkish authorities have banned Pride events across the country over security concerns, but around 50 people holding rainbow flags marched to a city park on Tuesday.

Police detained the group and arrested at least 30 people, organizers said. Some of those arrested were thrown to the ground, while police reportedly used tear gas and pepper spray.

A counter-protest was also organized nearby by a conservative religious group, which sees the LGBTQ+ community as a threat.

Turkey had previously allowed Pride marches, with the first taking place in 2003, a year after populist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his AK party came to power.

In recent years, the government has taken a tough approach to public events organized by groups that do not represent its conservative and traditional religious views.

A large number of arrests and the use of tear gas and plastic balls by the police accompanied the Pride events.

Last week in Istanbul, police broke up a larger annual pride march and briefly detained more than 300 people. All those detained have since been released.

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