Pregnant protesters in Ankara and Istanbul.

Wednesday night, a lawyer and Sufi intellectual spoke out on Turkish national tv against the presence of seven and eight months’ pregnant women in public places. He found that their ‘flaunting’ of their big bellies was immoral, lacking in respect and aesthetically unpleasant. If pregnant women must go out in their third trimester, let their husbands take them out for evening drives.

Turkish women immediately responded by staging protests in Istanbul and Ankara last night, showing off pregnant bellies, or – if they didn’t have them – bellies strapped with pillows. Their hashtag is #direnhamile (#resistpregnant).

Let’s hope the police doesn’t decide to spray them with tear gas!

More appalling news from Russia


So, the crusade against LGBT folks continues in Russia. The Gaily Grind reports that Russian Neo Nazis have been creating fake profiles on dating sites to lure in gay teenagers. When the young men turn up for a date, they are tortured and humiliated. Their treatment is videoed and publicised, outing them to family, friends, and the wider community. Unsurprisingly, the victims are deeply traumatized and many have committed suicide.

Infamous Russian ultra-nationalist and former skin head, Maxim Martsinkevich, known under the nickname “Cleaver” (or “Tesak” in Russian) spearheaded a country wide campaign against LGBT teens using a popular social network to lure unsuspected victims through personal ads. Mr. Martsinkevich’s numerous and enthusiastic followers started two projects: “Occupy Pedophilyaj” and “Occupy Gerontilyaj”. Allegedly they are trying to identify and report pedophiles using these “movements”. In reality, over 500 online groups have been created inside social network in order to organize illegal militant groups in every Russian city. Oddly enough their idea of fighting pedophiles targets exclusively male teenagers who respond to the same-sex personal ads and show up for a date. Captured victims are bullied and often tortured while being recorded on video.

You can read more here.