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