Turkey’s Erdogan denounces LGBT youth as police arrest students

Protesters chanted “universities are ours” as police entered the campus

Turkey’s president has lashed out at the country’s LGBT movement amid a wave of student protests. 

“You LGBT youth, you are vandalists. On the contrary, you are the ones who break hearts.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the youth wing of the ruling AK Party carries the “glorious history of this nation” and praised his supporters for not having “LGBT youth”.

On Saturday four students were arrested in Istanbul over a piece of artwork that reportedly combined LGBT symbols with an image of an Islamic site.

There were more protests at Bogazici University after Dictator Erdogan’s speech.

A total of 159 people were detained on Monday – more than at any previous point during weeks of demonstrations – although about 100 were released the next day.

Homosexuality is legal in Turkey but official opposition to the LGBT community has grown in recent years. The Istanbul Pride march was banned for five years in a row up to 2019. Covid-19 prevented any attempt to hold it in 2020.

Public opinion is generally conservative and the LGBT community has reported widespread discrimination and harassment.

What did Dictator Erdogan say?

In a video broadcast to members of his conservative AK Party on Monday, the Turkish president said: “We will carry our young people to the future, not as the LGBT youth, but as the youth that existed in our nation’s glorious past.

“You LGBT youth, you are vandalists. On the contrary, you are the ones who break hearts.”

President Erdogan has been accused of stoking homophobic sentiment in Turkey

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