Istanbul LGBT and transgender marches banned following threats
- The Istanbul Governor’s Office revoked organizers’ assembly permits following threats from conservative groups, particularly Turkish ultranationalists.
- Organizers criticized the government response as kowtowing to anti-LGBT parties rather than increasing security and protecting the LGBT community’s right to assemble.
- Coinciding with Ramadan, Pride Week in Istanbul is scheduled to take place from June 19-26, with the main LGBT parade originally planned for the final day.
“Governor’s Office bans LGBT Pride march in Istanbul” (Hürriyet News Daily)
“Turkey bans Istanbul gay pride due to ‘security fears’” (Al Jazeera)
“Istanbul authorities ban transgender and gay pride marches” (The Guardian)
(Image Credit: via Hürryiet News Daily)
Hindu teacher attacked as Bangladesh cracks down on Islamist militants
- Ribon Chakraborty, a college math teacher, survived a machete attack by three assailants in his home in Madaripur.
- The government reported that the three attackers were a part of the banned group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
- More than 11,000 have been arrested across the country in the last week, including political dissidents, as security forces have begun taking extensive action to combat the targeted killings of minorities that have left more than 30 dead since 2015.
“Hizb ut-Tahrir men hacked Madaripur teacher” (Dhaka Tribune)
“Bangladesh Hindu teacher’s attacker killed in shootout” (Reuters)
“194 Held in Bangladesh Mass Arrests May Have Militant Ties, Police Say” (The New York Times)
At least 5 dead following May shooting in Mexico gay bar
- On May 22, gunmen entered La Madame in Xalapa, Veracruz, and opened fire, with reports indicating between five and seven dead and 12 to 14 injured.
- Reports indicate that six men entered the bar and began firing on patrons, with at least one witness reporting the attackers targeted a group of men before firing randomly on those present.
- Security officials blamed the shooting on a territorial dispute by drug cartels, while LGBT activists argued police were downplaying the homophobic nature of the crime.
“Cae presunto implicado en ataque al bar ‘Madame’” (El Universal, in Spanish)
“Ataque en bar de Xalapa fue contra ocupantes de una mesa: testigo” (Milenio.com, in Spanish)
“The Massacre at a Mexican Gay Bar That No One Talked About” (teleSUR English)
“7 people were killed in a Mexico gay bar, but it’s not big news” (PinkNews)
(Image Credit: El Universal)