In Istanbul, police intervened in a protest against violence against women. Police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the thousands of protesters. At least one person was injured, according to a Turkish newspaper.

The demonstrators, mostly women, marched through the center of Istanbul towards Taksim Square. The police had sealed off the square.

After the protesters did not respond to the call to leave, the law enforcement officers intervened:

The protest was in honor of the International Day against Violence against Women. Protesters also took to the streets in the capital Ankara and in other cities.

The protesters mainly opposed the Turkish government’s decision earlier this year to withdraw from the Istanbul treaty. In that 2011 convention, countries pledge to fight violence against women and domestic violence. According to President Erdogan’s AKP, the content of the treaty is not in line with traditional Turkish family values.

The demonstrators called on the government to rejoin the convention. “We are not silent, not afraid and not obedient,” they cried.


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