Turkish police intervene in protest against violence against women

In Istanbul, the police intervened in a protest against violence against women. The order police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the thousands of protesters. According to a Turkish newspaper, at least one was injured.

The protesters, mainly women, walked through the inner city of Istanbul towards Taksim Square. The police had locked the square.

After the protesters failed to respond to the call to leave, the order police intervened:

The protest was because 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 step out of the Istanbul Treaty. In that 2011 convention, countries promise 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 protesters called on the government to rejoin that convention. โ€œWe are not quiet, not afraid and not obedient,โ€ they shouted.