The rally came as rights group Amnesty International said it had received credible evidence of detainees being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, since the coup attempt.
Turkish authorities have been grappling with IS fighters flowing in and out of the border with Syria, as well as a number of terror attacks across the country
Authorities in Istanbul are trying to turn the ancient Yedikule urban gardens into a park, ordering the 350 farmers whose livelihoods are rooted there to leave by the end of March.
Journalist Matthew Collin's new book Pop Grenade traces the history of political pop in the 20th century, from Fela Kuti to Public Enemy to Pussy Riot.
Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannons at May Day demonstrators in Istanbul as crowds attempted to defy a government ban on assembling in iconic Taksim Square.
A number of attendees said that they felt there's a divide between increasingly liberal secular Turks and the ruling AKP party's supporters.
Despite new hate crime laws, The Turkish legal system does not legislate against discrimination or violence based on sexual orientation.