Turkish demonstration against murders of transgender people, tomorrow


This video shows Turkish police attacking the Istanbul Gay Pride parade in 2015. Two women try to stop a police water cannon by sitting down on the street. The one on the right is transgender woman Hande Kader.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Demonstration in Istanbul after transgender woman was murdered

Today, 08:56

The organization of the Gay Pride parade in Istanbul is organizing a demonstration tomorrow evening against the killing of a transgender person and against violence against women, transgender and gay people in general.

“We need to be seen, to be on the streets and to shout our demands in order to end hate crimes,” says the organization in their call.

Hande Kader

The murdered transgender woman, Hande Kader (23), was a well-known figure in the Turkish LGBTQ world. She was regularly seen at gatherings where was demonstrated for equal rights and against violence against LGBTQ people.

She is said to be one of the women who at the Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul last year sat in front of a water cannon when the police wanted to disperse the participants. …

Earlier this month she was last seen alive … Then she was for almost a week without a trace until the police found her burned body. She could be identified by dental examination.

The murder of Kader does not stand alone. According to a European transgender people’s organization not anywhere in Europe as many transgender people are killed as in Turkey.

The initiative of the Turkish Gay Pride organization is all the more striking because their demonstration was banned this year. The Turkish authorities said they could not guarantee the safety of participants and therefore did not give permission for the event.

In 2015, the participants were dispersed by police with water cannons and tear gas. The years before that the manifestation could proceed unhindered.

Hande Kader and police at Istanbul gay pride

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