While the Turkish government’s crackdown on the country’s LGBTI+ country has accelerated during June and banned nearly all events in the country organized by the marginalized community, several anti-LGBTI+ groups on June 17 took the stage in several incidents.
The nationalist Patriotic Party, Youth Union of Turkey (TGB), Grey Wolves, Republican Women’s Association, and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Youth Branch on June 17 attempted to attack the breakfast event organized by the Izmir Bar Association within the scope of Pride Week. The group gathered during the event, made a press statement, and threatened the people who came to the breakfast by raising Islamic slogans.
Lawyers reacted against the riot police for not dispersing the group. The police on June 3 attacked Izmir Bar Association with pepper spray over a press statement for LGBTI+ rights.
The same group on June 16 also organized a protest in front of the Ankara Bar Association because of a pride month event.
İzmir Barosu Onur Kahvaltısı’na gerici saldırı gerçekleştiriliyor. Küfürler, yaftalamalar, “Lgbti elini aileden çek” sloganı ve tekbir sesleri ile nefret söylemi üreten gruba gruba soruyoruz madem yücelttiğiniz aile ise kadınlar öldürülürken, tarikat yurtlarında çocuklar istismar… pic.twitter.com/0ZcyihU3b5— snyzbgl (@snyzbgl) June 17, 2023
In addition, several anti-LGBTI+ groups that have been collaborating under “Big Family Meetings” since last year made a press conference at Culture Ministry’s Atlas Cinema Museum in Istanbul. Many Islamist and nationalist groups that came together under the platform stated, “We will always be vigilant against the elements that corrupt the family.”
The platform claimed that “global forces” have been trying to impose “LGBTI+ propaganda” on every sector and try to “deviate children.”
On the other hand, Denizli Metropolitan Mayorship on June 17 canceled the concerts of Mabel Matiz and Melike Şahin organized by private companies in the province. Both singers have been under attack after their speeches at some award ceremonies supporting LGBTI+ and women's rights.
Kamuoyuna duyurumuzdur…— Denizli Büyükşehir Belediyesi🇹🇷 (@denizlibld) June 17, 2023
19 ve 30 Haziran tarihlerinde Açık Hava Tiyatrosu’nda özel bir şirket tarafından yapılacak olan Mabel Matiz ve Melike Şahin konserleri iptal edilmiştir.
Particularly since 2022, Islamist groups have been collaborating with secular Kemalists against Turkey's LGBTI+ community. Even though both groups have been against each other since the foundation of the republic, they have been united under LGBTI+ hatred.