Target: Istanbul Governor, Vasip Sahin
Goal: End police violence against Istanbul’s citizens marching to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.
June 26th, 2015 was a historic day for the United States of America: The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that the Constitution supports same-sex marriage. People all over America and the world celebrated this movement of acceptance and love. While the U.S. was celebrating its newfound freedom, Turkey was celebrating the ruling as well, though not peacefully. The police force in Turkey became violent against those marching in support of gay-marriage rights, and used pepper spray and rubber bullets on participants. The people of Turkey are far from achieving the rights that American’s just gained, and they need many advocates.
Turkish people have peacefully celebrated the LGBTI community for 13 years by hosting parades. Homosexuals of the country have said that they do not have the same rights as gay people in other countries, and they are not ready yet to fight for marriage rights. They are simply marching for basic human rights. This year the Istanbul governorship attempted to stop the parade due to it taking place during the holy month of Ramadan, so the people celebrating attempted to continue the event on side streets, where they were allegedly followed and accosted by the police.
Urge the Governor of Istanbul to enforce the safety of the country’s LGBTI community and cease all attacks on people in celebration. The citizens of Istanbul are attempting to help their city and their country progress so that all people, including those who identify with the LGBTI community, are safe and free. Help this cause by signing this petition.
Dear Governor Sahin,
The LGBTI community of Istanbul is in danger and the city’s law enforcement is to blame. At a recent pride parade, numerous people were shot with rubber bullets and hurt by pepper spray, all during attacks launched by the city police. Parades of this nature have been happening in Istanbul for over a decade; this recent accostment reportedly originated because it is currently the holy month of Ramadan. There is no reason to hurt people in celebration of an advancement in human rights.
I urge you to put an end to the violence against the LGBTI community, now and in the future. Progression is very difficult if the government places advocates in danger. Turkey will progress; it is simply the natural order of life. Please help the LGBTI community of Istanbul, rather than hindering them. They are simply people peacefully advocating for better lives in the city and country they call home.
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