29/06/2015 | Writer: Kaos GL

The Istanbul Governorate claimed that the police intervened on the Pride Parade due to the possibility of provocation. No problems were experienced during the event until the police attack.

The Istanbul Governorate claimed that the police intervened on the Pride Parade due to the possibility of provocation. No problems were experienced during the event until the police attack.
 
Photo: Barış Aksoy, Docu Press Agency
 
After the intense police attack on the Pride Parade, the Istanbul Governorate published their first statement. The Governorate, which could not be reached throughout the day, claimed that “there was no serious physical injury which needed medical attention in our health facilities as a result of the incidents.”
 
The police attack on the Pride Parade, which has taken place peacefully for the past 12 years, was explained with the possibility of a “provocation”.
 
The full text of the Governorate’s statement is as follows:
 
“Upon intelligence from the social media and the press organs on 28 June 2015 that some groups will be organizing a march and a protest on Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square under the name of LGBT Pride Parade and that some groups may react to this, necessary security precautions have been taken in the aforementioned places.
 
For the reason that there was no application nor prior notice to our governorate concerning the march and that it was open to provocations, the groups that gathered were warned. However, the protest continued and the groups were dispersed by our security forces within the responsibility assigned to us by the law and by paying attention to the principle of proportionality [of police force -Trans.].
 
After the dispersal of protesting groups, everyday life has returned back to normal at both Taksim Square, Istiklal Avenue and the side streets.
 
There were no serious physical injuries that would have needed the dispatch of our health facilities as a result of the incidents.
 
Translated by: LGBTI News Turkey 

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