Dutch journalist released after brief detention while covering LGBTI march

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Bram Jansen, a Dutch photojournalist for The Associated Press, was released after a brief detention in İstanbul while covering LGBTI members attempting to march on Sunday.

According to a story on the nltimes.nl website on Monday, Janssen was detained while taking pictures of police violence at the gathering.

The story said RTL correspondent Olaf Koens, who is a friend of Janssen, confirmed that Janssen texted him and said he had been released.

“I got a message from Bram: ‘Yes, I am free. I was treated well,’ he wrote. So it ended with a sizzle,” Koens said.

Following his release, Janssen tweeted: “Thank you for all the messages of support. I was released last night and I’m doing fine.”

Despite a ban by the İstanbul Governor’s Office for the LGBTI Pride Parade scheduled to take place in Taksim on June 25 due to security and public order concerns, a large number of people took to the streets in the center of İstanbul on Sunday.

Turkish police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the people and detained more than 20.

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