The Istanbul Governor’s Office closed Taksim metro station, Şişhane metro station’s İstiklal Avenue exit and the Taksim-Kabataş finiküler line as of mid-day on March 8 ahead of a feminist march to be held at the city’s central Taksim Square to mark International Women's Day.
Police have also barricaded the city’s main square and the surrounding areas.
The governor’s office banned the planned march set to take place on March 8 International Women’s Day in Istanbul.
But the organizers of the march said they will go ahead with the rally despite the ban.
Journalist Melis Alphan said in a tweet that there were already hundreds of police at Taksim and the adjacent Sıraselviler Avenue ahead of the march.
Taksim’i, Sıraselviler’i bi gördeniz, yüzlerce polis yığılmış. Sanırsınız düşman saldırısı var.— melis alphan ♀ (@melisalphan) March 8, 2022
Amma da korkuyorlar kadınlardan.. #8martdunyakadinlargunu