The announcement by the 23. Istanbul LGBTI Pride Committee in response to a last minute ban against the pride parade is as follows:
The 13th Istanbul LGBTI Pride Parade scheduled to take place at 17:00 in Taksim has suddenly been banned by the Governorate, using the month of Ramadan as an excuse, without any announcement.
The police is attacking tens of thousands of people with pepper spray, plastic bullets and water cannons.
All entrances and exits to and from Taksim and Istiklal Street have been shut down.
We call on the Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin to adhere to the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey, to immediately cease the attacks, and to make a public statement.
All Pride Parade participants are urged to remain in place and not leave Beyoglu until the walk can be started as planned.
People who believe in a free world but could not make it to Taksim: we invite you to make some noise with pots & pans or whatever you find, wherever you are, at 6pm.
WE ARE HERE, GET USED TO IT, WE ARE NOT LEAVING!
23. Istanbul LGBTI Pride Committee