Hande Kader protest: Transgender murder sparks huge LGBT demo in Istanbul

LGBT protest in Istanbul brings hundreds of activists together over murder of transgender woman

A demonstration took place for the murder of Hande Kader

Monday, August 22, 2016

A huge LGBT protest took place on Sunday evening in Turkey over the murder of transgender woman Hande Kader, whose burned body was discovered in a forest.

Kader, a sex worker, was identified by her flatmate in a city mortuary earlier in August, having previously been seen entering a client’s bar.

The protest took place in the city of Istanbul and called for justice for the murder of the transgender woman, with more than 200 people in attendance.

Many held signs and chanted, whilst police with water canon were on hand nearby according to the AFP news agency. A report also claimed opposition MPs were present.

The woman herself had been a campaigner against the murder of transgender people, and is said to have often been seen at the front of demonstrations.

Kader's murder comes just weeks after gay Syrian refugee Muhammed Wisam Sankari was found mutilated and decapitated in Istanbul.

Last year the authorities banned Istanbul Pride over security concerns, despite it being the biggest LGBT event in a Muslim country in the region.