Hundreds protest in Turkey over murder of transgender woman

Published August 22nd, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
A LGBT protester stands in front of a banner and "We want to live" written on her body on August 21, 2016 in Istanbul during a demonstration against the murder of transgender activist Hande Kader.. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
A LGBT protester stands in front of a banner and "We want to live" written on her body on August 21, 2016 in Istanbul during a demonstration against the murder of transgender activist Hande Kader.. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

More than 200 Turks protested peacefully in the streets of Istanbul on Sunday after the murder of well-known transgender woman, Hande Kader.

The body of Kader, 23, an LGBT activist and sex worker, was found burned in a forest Aug. 8 after she went missing in July. Kader's murder drew enough attention that even a few MPs attended the protest, a rare show of support for LGBT rights in the conservative country.

Kader became famous after putting herself in front of riot police and water cannons during a gay pride parade in Istanbul last June.

She was last seen getting in the car of a client in Istanbul in late July, the Turkish newspaper Sabah has reported.

Kader's body was also believed to be mutilated.

Police has not announced a motive or made any arrests in the case.


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