Turkey: Several demonstrators detained at pride march in university campus
Turkish police intervened on Friday to prevent demonstrators from staging a pride march in the campus of Ankara's Middle East Technical University (ODTU) and detained several demonstrators, bianet's Tugce Yilmaz and Evrim Kepenek reported.
Intimidating posters on "protection of family against LGBTi+" were placed a day earlier in the campus, and an e-mail notifying about a ban on the demonstration were sent by the rector's office to students.
Some students told bianet that "almost the entire campus has been cordoned off on Friday by the police" and that the police is forcibly preventing students from staging the march.
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Despite police intervention, demonstrators placed a transgender flag on the wall of the mathematics department building, while groups marched chanting slogans, "Long live queer struggle" and "murdered queers, our revolt."
The police chased demonstrators and detained at least five.