Gay pride event in Istanbul – level 2

07-07-2015 15:00

The Supreme Court of the United States declared same-sex marriage legal across the USA. In Turkey, the largest gay pride event in the Muslim world was held.

The people wanted same-sex marriage to be legalized and to end the violence against homosexuals, women and animals. The atmosphere on the streets changed when Turkish police fired a water cannot and rubber pellets to make these people run away.

One man explained that this is not just how gay people are treated in Turkey. Any request for rights are met like this – with violence.

Difficult words: declare (to say formally that you are or are not allowed to do something), violence (fighting), rubber pellet (a thing which you put into a gun and then shoot it – it does not kill people but hurts them).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

What do you think about what happened to these people?

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