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Fierce Signs Of Resistance From Pride Marches Across The US

Activists and news organisations also said rubber bullets were used to prevent crowds from gathering.Over half a million people are expected to descend on the streets of Paris today for the annual “Marche des fiertés”, or gay pride festival.A series of terrorist attacks has rocked Istanbul over the past year. A boy carries a rainbow flag near the Stonewall Inn, on the eve of the LGBT Pride March, in the Greenwich Village section of New York City.Organisers criticised the governor’s decision to ban the march again, arguing that the threats against the march should be dealt with.Activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights had vowed to hold the event on Sunday despite being it being officially forbidden by the governor’s office for a third year running.Thousands took part in previous gay pride marches in the decade leading up to 2015, when the parade was first banned. In a statement of reply, they said: ‘The statement made by the governorship clearly neglects the fact that LGBTI+’s are a part of this society.Commander Dave Musker said security arrangements for the event had been ramped up in light of recent atrocities and attendees should expect to see an increased police presence.And it is not the Toronto Police Service or a government edict that is banning the officers from marching in uniform. Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said “an estimated 20 people” were detained after protesters did not heed warnings to disperse because the march did not have a permit.It will be the second year running that Istanbul’s LGBT march, described in the past as the biggest in the Muslim world, has been blocked by city authorities.The hurt that the powers-that-be chose to honour the request of Black Lives Matter over the police officers who proudly march in Pride every year.”The true reason for the reactions toward a march that took place in peace for 12 years is hate”, the organizers said.Commander Musker responded: “For somebody to enter with malicious intent will be extremely challenging for us to stop, but we have a number of measures that have been discussed with the Pride’s committee to stop them doing that”. “Wherever region they try to walk, we will not let them pass”.