Police fired tear gas at women protesting violence (Video) — RT World News



Turkish riot police fired tear gas to disperse a large crowd of protesters protesting violence against women in Istanbul, with the government withdrawing from an international treaty dedicated to combating it.

Huge groups of protesters, reportedly in the thousands, marched to Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Thursday to mark the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’. They were met by a heavy police presence in the square, which was cordoned off by officers in heavy riot gear, who proceeded to fire tear gas shells after ordering the crowd to disperse.



The scuffle with police was captured in video circulating online, which showed officers moving to clear protesters out of the area as tear gas fired in the air.

Protesters were also seen a colorful assortment of signs and banners, some even set on fire, while others raised anti-government slogans and some activists demanded its end.femicide, According to women’s rights group ‘We Will Stop Femicide’, about 345 women have died in acts of gender-based violence in Turkey so far this year, just shy of the 410 women reported in 2020.



The protest, which was shown on a smaller scale in other cities across the country, comes after the Turkish government formally withdrew from an international treaty to address violence against women in July. Known as the Istanbul Convention, the agreement was originally negotiated in the same city in 2011, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to pull out of the deal has been criticized by both local activists as well as foreign leaders. Biden drew sharp criticism with the dubbing. Speed “Deeply disappointing.”

Ankara, for its part, Claimed conference was held “hijacked” By “People Trying to Normalize Homosexuality,” who said “Incompatible with Turkish social and family values.” However, the government insisted that it would not “Give up your fight against domestic violence” and will be “Continue to defend the safety and rights of all women.”



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