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Turkish police use water cannons, tear gas to clear gay pride rally

  • A participant in the Gay Pride event in support of  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) rights reacts as others flee after Turkish police use a water canon to disperse them in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to clear gay pride demonstrators from Istanbul's central square. Between 100 and 200 protestors were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    A participant in the Gay Pride event in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) rights reacts as others flee after Turkish police use a water canon to disperse them in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to clear gay pride demonstrators from Istanbul's central square. Between 100 and 200 protestors were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish police use a water canon to disperse participants of a Gay Pride event in support of  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) rights in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to clear gay pride demonstrators from Istanbul's central square. Between 100 and 200 protestors were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    Turkish police use a water canon to disperse participants of a Gay Pride event in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) rights in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to clear gay pride demonstrators from Istanbul's central square. Between 100 and 200 protestors were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish police, one holding a rubber bullet rifle, center, run to disperse participants of a Gay Pride event in support of  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) rights in Istanbul, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to clear gay pride demonstrators from Istanbul's central square. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area. Demonstrators regrouped a few blocks down the street and continued to dance and chant slogans against homophobia without any further clashes. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    Turkish police, one holding a rubber bullet rifle, center, run to disperse participants of a Gay Pride event in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) rights in Istanbul, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to clear gay pride demonstrators from Istanbul's central square. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area. Demonstrators regrouped a few blocks down the street and continued to dance and chant slogans against homophobia without any further clashes. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish police have used water cannons and tear gas to clear a gay pride rally from Istanbul's central square.

Between 100 and 200 marchers were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd.

It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy rally away from the area.

The crowd regrouped a few blocks down the street and continued to dance and chant slogans against homophobia without any further clashes.

The rally grew to several thousand people as the day wore on.