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Turkish government ends scholarships of students detained at LGBTI parade

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Turkey’s Credit and Dormitories Institution (KYK) has cut scholarships and the loans of students who were detained on May 10 during an LGBTI pride march in Ankara, the Kaosgl.org website reported on Monday.

The KYK has also asked students to repay the loans granted so far.

In its justification the institution cited an internal regulation that prohibits the granting of loans and scholarships to students who were involved in acts of “anarchy and terrorism.”

The parade was organized by Middle East Technical University (METU) students despite an obstructive attitude on the part of the university administration, which was reportedly acting upon instructions from the Ankara Governor’s Office, known for its restrictive policies towards LGBTI activities.

The police blockaded and ultimately raided the campus and dispersed the crowd using tear gas and rubber bullets, detaining 25 people in the process.

The Ankara Governor’s Office had previously imposed two indefinite bans on LGBTI events, one of which was later overturned by an administrative court that found its scope overly broad.

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