Turkish Women Defy Ban, Host 'Feminist Night March' in Istanbul on International Women's Day

Turkish women defied a protest ban on Wednesday, March 8, to march on the streets of Istanbul for International Women’s Day.

According to reports, organizers had been forbidden for a second year in a row from marching through Turkey’s biggest city, where Women’s Day marches had been held since 2003.

On Wednesday night, local media reported police used tear gas to disperse protesters after a group attempted to enter Taksim Square.

Footage captured by Ozlem Kara shows marchers in the city and police intervention on Wednesday evening. Credit: Ozlem Kara via Storyful