Annual Working Women’s Day March BANNED in İstanbul

from – Turkish Minute shared with thanks

The İstanbul Governor’s Office has announced that no demonstrations or marches will be allowed to mark International Women’s Day in İstanbul’s Taksim neighborhood on March 8, Turkish media outlets reported.

Thousands of protesters have been marching along İstiklal Street in Taksim on the night of March 8 since 2003 to denounce violence against women in Turkey, where at least 280 women were killed last year, and demand equal rights for women.

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The “Feminist Night March” has witnessed confrontations between protestors and police in past years as the police wanted to prevent the protestors from holding the march.

The İstanbul police briefly detained 17 protestors who took part in the women’s day march in Taksim last year on the grounds that they insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with the slogans they chanted.

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Despite facing similar bans from the governor’s office in the past, the organizers held the march and said they will go ahead with their plan this year as well.

“Despite all obstacles every year, we will take part in the Feminist Night March to stand up for our rights, lives, existence, equality and our labor.

We have walked for 19 years and will do so in the 20th,” according to a Twitter account that posts announcements and news about the march.

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