U.S. State Dept says condemns Turkey's anti-LGBT rhetoric, concerned over protests

by Reuters
Wednesday, 3 February 2021 19:54 GMT

Students walk with rainbow flags during a gathering in solidarity with Bogazici University students who are protesting against the appointment of Melih Bulu as new rector of the university, in Ankara, Turkey February 2, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

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U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the United States was concerned about demonstrations at a Turkish university

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The United States is concerned about demonstrations at a Turkish university and condemns anti-LGBT rhetoric surrounding them, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Wednesday.

Intensifying weeks of tension at a top Istanbul university, Turkey's interior minister on Tuesday called student protesters "LGBT deviants" on Twitter, prompting the social media platform to put a rare warning on his comment.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis and Humeyra Pamuk, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)