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Hundreds protest over murder of LGBT activist in Istanbul

Published 21/08/2016

Hundreds of people attended the rallly
Hundreds of people attended the rallly

Demonstrators have gathered in central Istanbul to protest over the rape and killing of a transgender woman and LGBT activist.

Hundreds attended the rally, holding signs and chanting slogans in support of 22-year-old Hande Kader, whose body was found last weekend.

Her body was burned beyond recognition, according to reports.

Opposition MPs also attended the demonstration.

Banu Aslan, 58, said of the killers: "We want justice. They should never do this again. They should never murder again."

Last month, Turkish gay rights organisation Kaos GL reported that the decapitated body of a gay Syrian refugee, Muhammed Wisam Sankari, had been found in Istanbul.

Homosexuality is legal in Turkey, but rights groups say hate crimes against the LGBT community are common.

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