Over the weekend, millions of LGBT supporters celebrated their fight for gay rights and same-sex marriage at various Pride events throughout the world.
But whilst revellers celebrated in New York and London, over in Istanbul, Turkey police officers blasted the gay pride parade with tear gas, water guns and rubber bullets. Whilst homosexuality isn’t illegal in Turkey, the gay community was forced to impede the on-going celebration at Taksim Square.
Some attendees were injured by the cannons, according to ‘Hurriyet Daily’, although amongst the disruption one onlooker took a photo that apparently showed one of the water jets creating a rainbow in the sky. We couldn’t verify the image at the time of going to press, and it is possible that it has been Photoshopped, but it is being widely shared in Turkey nonetheless, being viewed over 1.5 million times worldwide. The image was tweeted by Ozhan Zurel who commented, “Police react with water cannons. Karma reacts with rainbow.”
In London, another controversial gay pride parade broke the internet after a CNN reporter got over excited and claimed a black and white ISIS flag had joined the rainbow flags on the street.
Reporting live from Regent Street, correspondent Lucy Pawle told viewers she was wondering why the police are not alarmed with the presence of a suspicious terrorist flag.
According to Pawle, “If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic.” In fact, it looks like it could be gobbledegook. But it’s very distinctively the ISIS flag.”
“I seem to be the only person who has spotted this, and nobody seems to be raising any questions or pointing it out,” she added.
The reporter mistakenly thought of the flag adorned with images of sex toys as one that belonged to the Islamic State terrorist group.