Turkish police detained 70 in the Pride Parade organised by students at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul on Friday.
Groups holding the annual parade in the university campus were first attacked by the private security. The students were then targeted by the police who punched and dragged some of them away, and handcuffed them from behind.
70 students were reported to be detained during the incident.
While groups staged a demonstration at one of the main gates of the university in protest against the collaboration of the private security with the police, they were prevented from leaving the university grounds.
One of the groups, Boğaziçi LGBTIA+, later informed on Twitter that all students were released after a brief detention.
The annual Pride Parade at the Boğaziçi University, held for the ninth time, was first organised in 2013 under the motto ‘Against Heterosexism’.
A 2021 report by Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association (KAOS GL) notes that the police’s ill-treatment against LGBTI+ activists in the Boğaziçi University have recently begun amounting to torture, especially in protests staged against new rectors appointed by the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.