Cops teargas women protesting violence (VIDEOS)

Turkish riot police unleashed

Turkish riot police unleashed tear gas to disperse a large crowd of demonstrators protesting violence against women in Istanbul, as well as the government’s withdrawal from an international treaty devoted to combating it.

The massive group of protesters, reportedly numbering in the thousands, marched to Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Thursday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. They met a heavy police presence in the square, which was barricaded off by officers clad in riot gear, who proceeded to fire tear gas on the crowd after ordering it to disperse.

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