Turkish riot police officers block ways to Istikjlal avenue for LGBT rights activist as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in central Istanbul, on  June 25, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
Turkish riot police officers block ways to Istikjlal avenue for LGBT rights activist (C)  as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in central Istanbul, on  June 25, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
Turkish riot police officers block ways to Istikjlal avenue for LGBT rights activist as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in central Istanbul, on  June 25, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
Turkish riot police officers block ways to Istikjlal avenue for LGBT rights activist as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in central Istanbul, on  June 25, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
Turkish riot police officers block ways to Istikjlal avenue for LGBT rights activist as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in central Istanbul, on  June 25, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
Turkish riot police officers block ways to Istikjlal avenue for LGBT rights activist as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in central Istanbul, on  June 25, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
Riot police move to stop activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for LGBT Pride protest following a ban issued by the governor, in Istanbul, Sunday, June 25, 2017.  The Istanbul governor's office on Saturday banned the LGBT event, for the third year in a row,  citing reasons of safety and public order.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkish nationalists confront with LGBT rights activist who are trying to go ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor's office.
Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor's office banned the parade citing safety and public order concerns. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
Riot police move to detain a person as they stop protesters for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for LGBT Pride protest following a ban issued by the governor, in Istanbul, Sunday, June 25, 2017.  The Istanbul governor's office on Saturday banned the LGBT event, for the third year in a row,  citing reasons of safety and public order.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A plain-clothes police officer kicks a member of a group of LGBT rights activist as Turkish police prevent them from going ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor's office.
Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor's office banned the parade citing safety and public order concerns. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
A plain-clothes police officer kicks a member of a group of LGBT rights activist as Turkish police prevent them from going ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor's office.
Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor's office banned the parade citing safety and public order concerns. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
A plain-clothes police officer kicks a member of a group of LGBT rights activist as Turkish police prevent them from going ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor's office.
Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor's office banned the parade citing safety and public order concerns. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
Opprørspoliti brukte vannkanoner, tåregass og gummikuler mot aktivistene i Istabul. FOTO: AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

Trosset forbud mot homofest – gasset med tåregass

I Norge er homoparaden «Pride» fest og glede. I Istanbul gasses de som møter opp med tåregass.

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I de fleste vestlige land er Pride-festivalen en fest og konfliktfri feiring av kjærlighet og mangfold, men i andre land kommer den alvorlige undertonen tydelig fram.

Det er slett ikke problemfritt å være homofil i mange land.

Tungt bevæpnet politi

I Tyrkia stanset opprørspoliti aktivister for lesbiske, homofile, bi- og transseksuelles rettigheter under en planlagt Pride-parade søndag.

Den lokale guvernøren i Istanbul har forbudt den internasjonale mønstringen for tredje år på rad, men en rekke grupper trosset forbudet og møtte opp ved Taksim-plassen.

Der ble de møtt med tungt bevæpnet opprørspoliti som forsøkte hindre dem i å nå samlingspunktet. Det skal ha vært flere opprørspolitibetjenter enn aktivister i gatene.

Ungdommer trosser forbudet og kjemper for homofile rettigheter i Tyrkia
Ungdommer trosser forbudet og kjemper for homofile rettigheter i Tyrkia Foto: Yasin Akgul

Minst hundre personer samlet seg i en sidegate og ropte slagord som «Ikke vær stille, rop ut, homofile eksisterer» og «kjærlighet, kjærlighet, frihet, stat - hold deg unna»

Tåregass

Politiet brukte tåregass og vannkanoner for å spre folkemengden. Aktivister hevder det også ble brukt gummikuler mot dem. Omlag 20 personer ble arrestert, opplyser nyhetsbyrået AP.

Minst én av de arresterte skal ha vært danske tilreisende som ville støtte sine tyrkiske venner som kjemper en langt tøffere kamp for å bli godtatt som homifil eller lesbisk enn danske ungdommer gjør.

Den arresterte kvinnen er styremedlem i Copenhagen Pride. Hun ble løslatt natt til mandag.

– Utenriksdepartementet kan bekrefte at den danske statsborgeren som tidligere ble pågrepet i Tyrkia i forbindelse med Gay Pride i Istanbul nå er løslatt. Denne personen blir tilbudt vanlig konsulær bistand, heter det i uttalelsen fra departementet.

Den nederlandske fotojournalisten, Bram Janssen, var også blant de arresterte, men ble løslatt dagen etter.

Kamp for homofiles rettigheter

Tyrkisk opprørspoliti sperrer gater for å hindre aktivistene å samle seg.
Tyrkisk opprørspoliti sperrer gater for å hindre aktivistene å samle seg. Foto: Bulent Kilic

Aktivister har i årevis forsøkt å få mer bevissthet rundt homofiles rettigheter i Tyrkia. Pride festivalen var lovlig i landet fra 2003 til 2014. Det siste året samlet det seg 100.000 mennesker i paraden.

Men i 2015 ble det innført et forbud i siste øyeblikk. Politiet angrep også da med tåregass og vannkanoner. Pridearrangørene tror feiringen har blitt gjort ulovlig fordi den sammenfaller med den hellige måneden Ramadan, og en generell økt konservatisme i landet.

Den tyrkiske regjeringen hevder homofile ikke diskrimineres, og homofili har vært lovlig i Tyrkia i mer enn ti år.