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Turkish authorities ban feminist demonstrations in Istanbul

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Turkish authorities ban feminist demonstrations in Istanbul

Ankara, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in the Turkish city of Istanbul today banned public events to celebrate International Women's Day in certain areas of the city.
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Taksim Square and the Beyoglu neighborhood will not be able to host massive activities, according to a communiqué from the provincial government.

Despite the censorship, activists and human rights defenders here predicted that, as on previous occasions, the largest demonstrations will take place in these cities.

Meanwhile, it was reported that 98 women have been murdered in the country so far this year.

The Platform Stop Feminicides denounced that in 2021 at least 280 women were fatal victims of domestic violence by their husbands or other close relatives.

The government statement adds that all measures were taken to ensure that all events held in the locality “for legal reasons and in designated places, take place in an atmosphere of peace and security”.

According to the national press, for years women’s organizations have been holding a large march through the Beyoglu district to Taksim Square on March 8, although they are usually arrested by police forces.

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