Hun­dreds protest against trans­gen­der mur­der

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HUN­DREDS protested in Is­tan­bul on Au­gust 21, call­ing for jus­tice after the brutal mur­der of a trans­gen­der woman ear­lier this month in Turkey.

The body of Hande Kader, an ac­tivist for the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der (LGBT) cause, was found in a for­est on Au­gust 8 after she was killed.

The 22-year-old’s burnt body was iden­ti­fied in a morgue by a friend, Turk­ish me­dia re­ported.

More than 200 demon­stra­tors car­ried ban­ners, say­ing “Jus­tice for Hande Kader” and “Let’s fight for our sur­vival”, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of anti-riot po­lice close to the fa­mous Istik­lal Av­enue near Tak­sim Square.

“We will not stop un­til we find those re­spon­si­ble for Hande Kader’s mur­der,” said Ebru Ki­ranci, spokesper­son for Is­tan­bul’s LGBTI Sol­i­dar­ity As­so­ci­a­tion.

An­other trans­gen­der ac­tivist read a state­ment say­ing “trans­gen­der mur­ders are po­lit­i­cal” be­cause those re­spon­si­ble ad­vo­cate a “het­ero-nor­ma­tive” and “con­ser­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem that does not take us into con­sid­er­a­tion”.

Although po­lice had wa­ter can­non, they were not used.

Pre­vi­ous LGBT demon­stra­tions in Turkey have seen the fre­quent use of wa­ter can­non and tear gas against pro­test­ers. –

Photo: AFP

LGBT sup­port­ers protest in Is­tan­bul on Au­gust 21 against the mur­der of trans­gen­der ac­tivist Hande Kader.

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