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Footage of Turkish Police Dispersing an LGBT Protest in Istanbul Is Old

Misbar's Editorial Team Misbar's Editorial Team
30th June 2022
Footage of Turkish Police Dispersing an LGBT Protest in Istanbul Is Old
Protest in 2015 (Twitter).

The Claim

A video clip shows the Turkish government prohibiting the Gay Pride March in Istanbul.

Emerging story

Social media users have recently circulated a video clip purporting to show Turkish police dispersing a pride march with water in Istanbul on Sunday, June 26.

Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found that it is misleading. The video clip is old and does not show the Turkish police breaking up the Pride march in Istanbul recently. The video has been online since 2015. 

Turkish Police Broke up Istanbul’s 2015 Pride Parade

Istanbul police dispersed the LGBT Pride Parade on June 28, 2015, with tear gas and water cannon.

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Turkish Police Prevent Istanbul’s Annual Pride Parade

The claim sparked after the Turkish police prevented hundreds of people from gathering for Istanbul's annual Pride parade and detained dozens after local authorities barred the march from taking place this year. On June 26, the police in Istanbul dispersed the Pride march and detained over 200 protesters.

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