Turkish police use water cannons, tear gas to clear gay pride rally

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A injured woman lies on ground after Turkish riot police used tear gas during the Gay Pride parade on June 28, 2015 in the Istiklal street near the Taksim square in Istanbul. Riot police in Istanbul used teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of participants in the Gay Pride parade in the Turkish city, an AFP reporter said. Police took action against the crowd when demonstrators began shouting slogans accusing the social conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of "fascism". AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
A injured woman lies on ground after Turkish riot police used tear gas during the Gay Pride parade on June 28, 2015 in the Istiklal street near the Taksim square in Istanbul. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

ISTANBUL — Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to clear a gay pride rally from Istanbul’s central square.

Between 100 and 200 marchers were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy rally away from the area.

The crowd regrouped a few blocks down the street and continued to dance and chant slogans against homophobia without any further clashes.

The rally grew to several thousand people as the day wore on.

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