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Hundreds detained during Turkish LGBT gathering

According to Istanbul Governor Davut Gul, more than 100 persons were detained at an LGBTQ pride march on Sunday in Turkey's largest city. Despite a formal prohibition, activists went outside.

Gul responded on Twitter, promising not to let "any activity that will weaken the institution of family," that "our national future depends on keeping the institution of family alive with our national and moral values."

The governor said, "The 113 persons who participated with the intention of disseminating [LGBTQ] propaganda have been imprisoned.

All roadways leading to Taksim Square and Istanbul's historic district's Istiklal Avenue were sealed by police on Sunday. According to the daily Cumhuriyet, some lines of the Istanbul Metro's services were interrupted for a period of time.

The event's planners have denounced the raid. "We reject this hateful and denialist politics. We will continue to fight for a humane existence for everyone and insist on democratic living despite all of the restrictions, criminalizations, pressures, and efforts to silence us, according to a statement from the Istanbul Pride Parade Committee.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey who was just re-elected, has defended social conservatism and referred to his primary competitor Kemal Kilicdaroglu as "an LGBT person." In his victory address, Erdogan denounced people who want to "normalise homosexuality."

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