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Turkish riot police officers clash with protesters on June 28 ,2015 near the Taksim square in Istanbul. Riot police in Istanbul used teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of participants of the Gay Pride parade in the Turkish city. 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)
Turkish riot police officers clash with protesters on June 28 ,2015 near the Taksim square in Istanbul. Riot police in Istanbul used teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of participants of the Gay Pride parade in the Turkish city. 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)

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Gay pride paraders pepper sprayed by police

Although the gay pride parade has happened in peace for at least 13 years in Istanbul, on Sunday the parade was interrupted by police who fired pepper spray and plastic pellets at thousands when they showed up to march. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Gay pride paraders pepper sprayed by police

Although the gay pride parade has happened in peace for at least 13 years in Istanbul, on Sunday the parade was interrupted by police who fired pepper spray and plastic pellets at thousands when they showed up to march. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.