Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance _ and face some

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington Monday

"They had known about our plan long before because we presented a petition weeks ago", Ozlen told AFP.

Horrified participants who had assembled at Taksim Square where the march was due to begin, were chased away by police with tear gas and water cannons.

Eleven activists went on trial in Istanbul this week for defying last year's ban on the Gay Pride march, but they were all acquitted.

The organisers of the annual event had vowed to press ahead despite the ban by the authorities, who had cited threats from far-right groups. Footage from the scene showed officers grabbing him by the arms and escorting him to a van.

"There will be no permission for a demonstration or a march on the said date considering the safety of tourists in the area. and public order", it said in a statement.

He has repeatedly infuriated activists with his conservative comments on sex and family planning, but has generally steered clear of commenting publicly on gay issues.

The governor's ban also cited "serious reactions by different segments of society" as several nationalist and religious groups called for the march's cancellation.

In Minneapolis, organizers of Sunday's Twin Cities Pride Parade initially asked the police department to limit its participation, with the chairwoman saying the sight of uniformed officers could foster "angst and tension and the feeling of unrest" after a suburban officer's acquittal this month in the deadly shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, during a traffic stop. "Our security will be provided by recognizing us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom", the statement said.

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Activists had called the parade on Sunday but the city governor's office said that Taksim was not an official rallying ground.

The private Dogan news agency reported the detention of seven people who were protesting Pride.

Homosexuality has been legal in Turkey throughout the period of the modern republic but gay people in Turkey regularly complain of harassment and abuse.

The Turkish government says there is no discrimination against LGBT individuals and that current laws already protect each citizen.

A spokesperson added that perpetrators of hate crimes in the country are prosecuted.

Turkish authorities allowed pride marches to take place for more than a decade since the first one was held in 2003. Up to 100,000 people attended Istanbul Pride in 2014 but Turkish police dispersed Pride crowds in 2015 and 2016 using riot-control methods.

Last year, organisers were denied permission to march with the city on the edge over bombings blamed on Islamic State group and Kurdish militants, sparking anger from gay rights activists.

Pride organizers think the celebrations were banned the past two years because they coincided with the holy month of Ramadan and a rise in conservatism.

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