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Female activists scuffle with Istanbul police on Int'l Women’s Day (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published time: March 09, 2014 02:11
Edited time: March 11, 2014 06:30

Turkish women clash with riot policemen as they march towards Taksim square as part of the "International Women's Day" on March 8, 2014, in Istanbul. (AFP Photo / Ozan Kose)

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Some 2,000 people marched peacefully in central Istanbul on International Women’s Day, protesting the Turkish government’s policies and violence against women. A small group of protesters later clashed with officers who blocked them from Taksim Square.

The demonstrators, mostly women, marched down the city’s landmark pedestrian Istiklal Street on Saturday towards Gezi Park at Taksim Square – the cradle of last year's massive anti-government protests.

As riot police cordoned off the area, some protesters tried to break the police line, hitting officers with the sticks of the banners they were carrying, Ruptly news agency reported. Police used shields and batons to disperse the crowd.

The protesters shouted, “Police go home, the streets are ours" and "Tayyip (Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan) run away the women are coming," Xinhua news agency reported.

According to a survey conducted by the Turkish Health Union, more than 79 percent of respondents believe there is gender inequality in the country, which has caused poverty and disadvantages among women.

Turkish women clash with riot policemen as they march towards Taksim square as part of the "International Women's Day" on March 8, 2014, in Istanbul. (AFP Photo / Ozan Kose)

A Turkish woman shouts in front a barricade of riot policemen as she and other protesters march towards Taksim square as part of the "International Women's Day" on March 8, 2014, in Istanbul. (AFP Photo / Ozan Kose)

Turkish women are blocked by a barricade of riot policemen as they march towards Taksim square as part of the "International Women's Day" on March 8, 2014, in Istanbul. (AFP Photo / Ozan Kose)

Comments (18)

 

Denis Viktorovich 12.03.2014 19:17

Sultan Erdogoon cannot stand such power. Power of Love, Compassion, Forgiveness and Peace that radiates from women. So instead he sends an army with batons to "welcome" peaceful protestors...

International Women's Day in Turkey.

May God Bless these brave, selfless women. Instead of flowers, they receive batons flying their way. Instead of day off, they receive jail sentences. Instead of receiving appreciations and thanks, they receive condemnation from their "Sultan Erdagoon."

So much for democracy...

 

Derek Maher 11.03.2014 18:27

By the Gods,
Looking at the number of riot cops on duty.
Those Turkish women must be awe inspiring.
Even that heroic specimen of manhood?Erdogan has to hide behind a wall of shields.

 

HeinzM 11.03.2014 11:33

Peter Anderson 09.03.2014 15:36

International Womens day is no more than a cult ritual inspired by cultural-Marxist ideology.
This is to be the new pre-text for Global intervention. ... Just like the warm cuddly Global Village idea that has given the green light to intervention. (war/murder)

  



Well said, Peter.
This is already happening as Amnesty International cheers on NATO's Afghan bombing campaigns in the name of women's lib.
It is included in Daniel Bushell's RT report "NGO documents plan Ukraine war" dated March 9, 2014.
With my very best regards
Heinz

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