Security services deployed tear gas Sunday to prevent a group of transgender individuals from staging a march, Turkish media reported, a hint of things to come in a week where gatherings, including the annual gay pride parade, have been banned.
The English-language service of the Hurriyet daily reported that a group of about 50 people were dispersed and 15 detained as they tried to march in a parade that would have been a prelude to the city's LGBTI + Pride Week festivities, which kick off on Monday.
The ban on public demonstrations starts Sunday and runs through June 26. The official LGBTI + Pride March is set for June 26.
Istanbul Governor Visap Sahin announced the ban on gatherings on Friday, citing security concerns.
A far-right nationalist group had threatened this year's march, which would be only two weeks after a deadly assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando by a shooter who claimed links to the Islamic State terrorist group.
Nonetheless, many gay activists say they plan to defy the ban.