Turkish police fire pepper spray after International Women's Day protest in Istanbul

A woman is helped by other protesters after her eyes were burned as Turkish police used pepper spray during a march to Taksim Square, marking International Women's Day in Istanbul on March 8, 2023.

Turkish riot police fired pepper spray to disperse a group of protesters pushing back against a line of police on Wednesday as a rally to mark International Women's Day was winding down in central Istanbul.

Women whistled and chanted, "We do not keep quiet, we are not scared, we do not bow down," as they pushed riot police shields, triggering the tussles with police, while the rest of the crowd of around 2,000 dispersed.
Protesters in Istanbul shout slogans during a rally on Wednesday, where demonstrators called their movement a "feminist rebellion."
Turkish police stand behind a protester in Istanbul, pictured earlier this week, during a demonstration where parts of the crowd called for the government to resign ahead of a general election.