Despite the ban on any demonstration on the city’s central avenue, women of Turkey gathered for a really to mark international women’s day. After violation of government orders police fired tear gas at thousands of women who took to the city’s central avenue on International Women’s Day, in defiance of a protest ban to demand greater rights and denounce violence.
Security forces in riot gear pushed the crowds of women — some wearing colourful wigs and masks — at the entrance to the city’s main pedestrianised shopping street of Istiklal Avenue, an AFP correspondent reported.
The area was flooded with police who set up cordons around the central Taksim Square and many local shops were closed. One woman, called Ulker, speaking to AFP from behind the cordon, said: “Take a look at this. “Here is the bitter truth: There is a system, there is a state that is scared of us. I condemn this.”
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20 June, 2019