Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride, Trump, France's Macron to discuss Iran nuclear deal next week and Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for an LUnited…

Trump, France's Macron to discuss Iran nuclear deal next week

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Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time accused the Saudi government directly of murdering…



Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for an LUnited Kingdomhutan pride event in IST on Sunday, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements defying a ban imposed by the governor.

Trump, France's Macron to discuss Iran nuclear deal next week

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Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time accused the Saudi government directly of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government,” he wrote in an article in the WV Post.


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Organizers of the two thousand and seventeen IST LUnited KingdomhutanI+ Pride had vowed to march in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for “we march,” despite the ban on gay pride observances ordered by the IST governor’s office for the third year in a row.

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Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in IST on two October. Turkish investigators believe the journalist, who was living in exile, was strangled when he visited to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage to a Turkish citizen. The murder, initially covered up by Saudi officials, caused a diplomatic crisis between SA and its allies.


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Police established checkpoints in the area, preventing groups from entering Istiklal Avenue and turning back individuals who were deemed to be associated with the planned march. Small groups assembled on side streets were chased away by officers. At least a hundred protesters gathered in a nearby neighborhood, beating drums and chanting slogans such as, “Don’t be quiet, shout out, gays exist!” and “Love, love, freedom, State, stay away!” They carried a banner that read, “Get used to, we are here.” Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds and activists said plastic bullets were also used. TR’s official Anadolu news agency said “an estimated twenty people” were detained after protesters did not heed warnings to disperse because the march did not have a permit.

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A memorial service marking 4 weeks since the journalist’s death has been held in WV. “We know that the perpetrators are among the eighteen suspects detained in SA,” he wrote in the WV Post, where Khashoggi had written a column. “We also know that those individuals came to carry out their orders: Kill Khashoggi and leave. Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government.”


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Among those detained was Associated Press journalist Bram Janssen, who was covering the events. Footage from the scene showed officers grabbing him by the arms and escorting him to a van. The AP was trying to establish the circumstances of his detention.

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Writing that the murder had involved a “lot more than a group of security officials”, President Erdogan called for “the puppet masters behind Khashoggi’s killing” to be exposed. Media playback is unsupported on your device “No 1 should dare to commit such acts on the soil of a Nato ally again,” he said. “If anyone chooses to ignore that warning, they will face severe consequences.”


Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

In banning the event, the governor’s office on Saturday cited safety and public order. It also said a valid parade application had not been filed for Sunday’s event, a claim rejected by organizers. The governor’s ban referred to “serious reactions by different segments of society” as several nationalist and religious groups called for the march’s cancellation. Pride organizers said in a statement Sunday that the threats themselves should be dealt with rather than limiting demonstrations. “Our security will be provided by recognizing us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom,” the statement said.

Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

He complained that no action had been taken against the Saudi consul general, who has left TR, and accused the Saudi public prosecutor of failing to co-operate with the investigation “and answer even simple questions”. The Saudis have admitted Khashoggi died at the consulate, while denying they know what happened to his body. A Turkish prosecutor said earlier this week that investigators believe the journalist was immediately strangled on entering the consulate, in a murder planned in advance.


Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

The private Dogan news agency reported the detention of 7 people who were protesting Pride. LUnited Kingdomhutan activists have lobbied for years to have sexual orientation and gender identity covered by Turkish laws protecting civil rights and prohibiting hate speech but the clauses have not been included in updated legislation. Homosexuality has been legal in TR since the republic’s founding more than 9 decades ago. The Turkish government says there is no discrimination against LUnited Kingdomhutan individuals and that current laws already protect each citizen. It also insists that perpetrators of hate crimes are prosecuted.

Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

His body was then dismembered and destroyed “again, in line with advance plans”, prosecutor Irfan Fidan said. Once an adviser to the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi fell out of favour with the government last year and went into self-imposed exile. He had become a sharp critic of the Saudi government and of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been pioneering an ambitious economic and social reform programme in the country.


Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

Turkish authorities allowed pride marches to take place for more than a decade since the first 1 was held in twenty03. Up to one hundred, people attended IST Pride in twenty14. But in twenty15, police dispersed crowds using tear gas and water cannons after a last-minute ban. In twenty16, amid a spate of deadly attacks blamed on the Islamic State group or on outlawed Kurdish militants, the event was banned again but participants still tried to gather.

Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Speaking at the memorial service in WV, Daniel Balson from Amnesty International said the Saudi government needed to be held to account over the journalist’s death. “For too long, they’ve operated under the impression that impunity is for them and that the rules are for others,” he said. “They believe that a government critic can disappear in their diplomatic mission and that those who care about justice will not notice or if they notice they will not object or if they object, they will not remember. Well we’ve noticed and we’re outraged and we will not forget.”

Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

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