Monday, March 7, 2016

Police in Turkey Forcibly Break Up Women's Rally; Fire Rubber Bullets at Women in Istanbul, Arrest 1

Riot police in Istanbul, Turkey forcibly broke up a rally of hundreds of women as they marked International Women's Day two days early, the Euro News website reports today (March 7, 2016).

March the 8th is the official date, but the city's governor banned their rally planned for then, citing security concerns.

At least one person was arrested in a scuffle with police, who were seen firing rubber bullets at the women.

Turkey has drawn much criticism for its handling of gender issues. A UN report shows that non-sexual physical violence committed by intimate partners was ten times more likely in Turkey than in other European countries.

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