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Thousands march in Turkey to demand ban on LGBTQ groups

Several thousands of people have taken part in an anti-LGBT demonstration in Istanbul. They called for LGBT associations to be closed down and displayed signs that read: “protect your family and your generation”, “Say no to society without gender”.

A speaker for the event, Kursat Mican, also claimed organisers received 150,000 signatures on a petition calling for a ban on what they called LGBT propaganda in social media, sports, arts and Netflix.

An advert for the anti-LGBT march was also shown on television after gaining the approval of the country’s broadcasting council, which deemed it a “public interest”. LGBTQ parades have not been allowed in Turkey since 2015.

Ahead of Sunday’s demonstration, the organizers circulated a video using images from past Pride marches in Turkey. The video was included in the public service announcement list of Turkey’s media watchdog. Top Turkish officials have called gays and lesbian people “perverts” who aim to hurt traditional family values.

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