Antelope Valley Press

Turkey officially withdraws from treaty protecting women

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ISTANBUL — Turkey formally withdrew Thursday from a landmark internatio­nal treaty protecting women from violence, and signed in its own city of Istanbul, though President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted it won’t be a step backwards for women.

Hundreds of women demonstrat­ed in Istanbul later Thursday, holding banners that said they won’t give up on the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention. “It’s not over for us,” one read. Similar protests were held in other Turkish cities.

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