Turkish police fire tear gas at women protesters

Turkish police fired tear gas on Thursday to push back thousands of people who took to the streets of Istanbul to protest violence against women.

Iran PressAsia: The protests, part of a week of nationwide mobilization, came amid calls for Turkey to rejoin the Istanbul Convention, a landmark agreement to protect women that included 45 countries and was signed in Turkey's largest city in 2011.

While Turkey was the first country to sign onto the convention, in July, it also became the first to withdraw with the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, claiming the initiative had been "hijacked by a group of people attempting to normalise homosexuality."

Turkish women had held mass protests twice over the withdrawal, in March when Erdogan first announced his intention to withdraw, and again in July, when the move became official.

Erdogan has argued existing laws in Turkey already provide enough protection for women. Still, the country's women's rights groups say the convention provided a roadmap for important legislation that the government has never fully implemented.


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