Copenhagen Pride board member arrested at Istanbul Pride

Once again the Istanbul Pride Parade was met by water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets when marching the streets of Istanbul on June 25, 2017. Copenhagen Pride participated in the parade to show solidarity with the Turkish LGBTQ+ community and one of the board member’s got arrested during the parade.

Copenhagen Pride board member arrested at Istanbul Pride

A Copenhagen Pride board member, Annemette Vedel Augustesen, was taken by the police during the Istanbul Pride Parade. She was taken to a local police station where she was kept for several hours before her release. Annemette got caught in the middle of the turmoil realising that she has no escape from the police.

“When realising that she couldn’t escape the police, Annemette went ‘all in’. She took a step up on a concrete block, raised her hand in a peace sign over her head and proudly overlooked the Cihangir neighborhood near Taksim. She stood still in a proud manner until the police grabbed her and escorted her into a police car and drove her away”, Head of Communications at Copenhagen Pride, Thomas K. Rasmussen, states.

Annemette Vedel Augustesen was taken to a nearby police station where she was kept for several hours before being released.

The scenario is similar to that of 2015 where the parade in Istanbul also was met by water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets managed by the local police.

The Governor of Istanbul banned the parade the day before the parade was planned to take place – just like he did in 2016 where the parade was cancelled. However, the Istanbul Pride organisers decided to go through with the parade despite the ban as they would not be silenced yet again.

Related articles: Copenhagen shows solidarity at Istanbul Pride

 

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