Turkish police use force to disperse gay pride parade


 Turkish police used water cannons, rubber bullets, and tear gas to disperse participants in a gay pride parade in Istanbul Sunday.

Police in riot gear were seen chasing after marchers. According to Turkish news agency DHA, police were keeping participants from reaching a central square in Istanbul.

The agency reported that two participants were injured by tear gas canisters. One woman was seen with a wound to the head.

Several thousand people took part in in the parade, part of a weekend of action around the world in support of LGBT equality.

Organizers of the parade said in a written statement that local government said that police intervened because people were not allowed to march during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.