Turkish pro-government daily says women protestors jeered during call for prayer

Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Şafak published a video, which it says show the participants of a women’s march in İstanbul on Friday booing the call for prayer made in nearby mosques.

Thousands of women flocked to central Istanbul on Friday evening to celebrate International Women’s Day with the aim of demanding greater women’s rights and denouncing violence against women.

Turkish riot police blocked the protestors from marching and used plastic bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Yeni Şafak said that the women marchers started booing and whistling once a mosque nearby began its call for evening prayer, adding that many on social media expressed their outrage at the behaviour.

The video shared by Yeni Şafak shows that protests continued as evening prayer began, but did not feature any specific reaction by the crowds to the prayer.

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