Turkish police fire tear gas at Women’s Day rally.

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In Turkey, police fired tear gas at thousands of women who took to the Istambul’s central avenue on International Women’s Day today in defiance of a protest ban to demand greater rights and denounce violence.

Security forces in riot gear pushed the crowds of women at the entrance to the city’s main pedestrianised shopping street of Istiklal Avenue. The event took place peacefully last year but just before this year’s march, authorities issued a statement banning any demonstration on the city’s central avenue.

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