June 13, 2024 5:46 pm

International Women’s Day: Istanbul women defy ban on protests

Thousands of Turkish women have defied a ban on protests on International Women’s Day and rallied in the city of Istanbul for what they called a “feminist night march”.

Police prevented them from reaching Taksim Square in the city centre but allowed them to carry on with their march for a while, although later they used tear gas to disperse them.

Several people were detained by police at the march.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party marked the occasion by releasing a report that said that more than 600 women had been killed in Turkey by men since 2021, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan withdrew the country from the Istanbul Convention.

The treaty aims to combat domestic violence.

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Female protester reacts during a rally marking the International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey, 08 March 2023IMAGE SOURCE,EPA
A person shouts slogans as demonstrators march to Taksim Square to mark the International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey March 8, 2023.IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
People scuffle with police officers as demonstrators try to march to Taksim Square to mark the International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey March 8, 2023IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
Turkish riot police block a street during a rally marking the International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey, 08 March 2023IMAGE SOURCE,EPA
A woman blows a whistle during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey March 8, 2023IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
A protester stands before Turkish riot police as they block a street during a rally marking the International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey, 08 March 2023IMAGE SOURCE,EPA
Protesters shout slogans as they try to march to Taksim Square during a rally marking the International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey, 08 March 2023IMAGE SOURCE,EPA
Police clashed with protestors as they tried to march to Taksim Square during a rally marking the International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey, 08 March 2023IMAGE SOURCE,EPA
A woman shouts slogans during a rally to mark International Women's Day, in Istanbul, Turkey March 8, 2023IMAGE SOURCE,EPA

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