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Women march for International Women's Day rally in Ankara

Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A woman with a loudspeaker chants slogans while others hold a banner depicting a woman with a loudspeaker at the gathering point in Kurtuluş square.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A woman from the "Women's platform" from Batıkent, the largest suburb of the Turkish capital city, leads her group holding a colorful banner.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A group of women preceded by a drummer girl march towards the meeting point with a banner reading "We don't fit in houses, we want cities!" in Turkish.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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Girls from the group "Campus witches": their flags read "We are women, We are witches, we are rebels".
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A Kurdish woman and her young daughter hold a banner, both showing the "Victory" sign with their fingers.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A girl gives a flyer to an older woman with a headscarf, who just received red carnations as a Women's Day gift.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A girl holds a sign reading in Turkish "We are not mourning, we are rising" while sporting on her jackets pictures of Hatice Can, a woman who had committed suicide after her son, arrested and tortured by the police, had killed himself.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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Girls start running while holding a banner reading "We are pregnant with a free life among rivers of blood", hinting to the alarmingly increasing number of violent crimes against women in Turkey.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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Girls run holding banners and flags. The march stretched almost 2 km with more than 10 thousands women (And some men) .
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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Demonstrators holding red umbrellas, a symbol of prostitution in Turkey. The sign held by the boy wearing LGBT colors and symbols reads "I'm a whore, I'm proud".
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A group of high school students shout their rage against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, here derisively dubbed "Tayyip". Government's recent reforms of High School system are criticized by students as reducing chances of superior education.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A stenciled portrait of the latest murdered woman in front of a row of electoral posters. Violent crimes against women have risen 1400% in the past ten years, under current government's ruling.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A demonstrator spray-paints a graffiti reading "Stubborn life, stubborn road" out of a subway station, under opposition's electoral posters. Both Government and opposition parties have been criticized for the low number of female candidates.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A young woman with a feathered mask holds a banner shaped like a window reading "Free days will open the windows" in Turkish.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A group of women, some wrapped in purple, run during the march. Purple is the traditional color of feminism in Turkey.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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Two demonstrators march holding a portrait of Clara Zetkin, the German feminist icon who organized the first International Women's Day in 1911.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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The "Campus witches", one with LGBT's colors painted on her face chant slogans. Another one, in the background, defaces an opposition's electoral poster writing "where are the women candidates?".
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A protester holds a 21st century version of the famous H.J. Miller's II World War era's poster "We can do it!", reversed into "He can do it!". In Turkey a Minister has recently blamed unemployment on working women.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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The women's march has been stopped short of Ankara's main Kızılay square by heavy riot police forces blocking the street. A large rally with music, dances and speeches has developed in front of the police's barricade.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A group of protesters hold a banner mocking the Prime Minister and the controversial Mayor of Ankara Melih Gökçek, mocked as "Ankara's Borat" by adversaries for his bizarre ideas. He has praised women on Women's Day for "cleaning the house after men".
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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Women speak to the crowd from the top of the organization bus, offered by a labor union. The crowd improvised folk dances and chants, attacking the Government for the recent corruption scandal and its conservative policy, cheering Women's Rights.
Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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Two "TOMA", two "Panzer" water cannons, an "Akrep" armored car and hundreds of riot policemen block the road to Kızılay square. A demonstrator has spray-painted "Murderer Police, Murderer AKP" (AKP is the ruling party's Turkish acronym) on the street.
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Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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A group of Turkish and Kurdish women dancing the traditional "halay", a Kurdish folk dance, around a banner from the BDP (Opposition party focused on Kurdish issues) .
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Women dancing the "halay" wearing traditional costumes during the rally.
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
  • Women march for International Womens Day rally in Ankara
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Thousands of women gathered in Ankara to mark the International Women's Day 2014. The rally turned into a protest against Turkish government's authoritarian rule and an increase of domestic violence, blamed on ruling party's conservative policies.

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