Hundreds Protest Murder of LGBTQ Activist in Istanbul

A LGBT member stands in front of a banner with make up on her face and a writing on her body "I want to live" on August 21, 2016 in Istanbul during a demonstration for the murdering of a transgender activist Hande Kader, a 22-year-old transgender who was mutilated, burnt and murdered in Istanbul last week. Ozan Kose / AFP/Getty Images

ISTANBUL (AP) — Demonstrators gathered in central Istanbul to protest the rape and killing of a transgender woman and LGBT activist.

Hundreds attended the rally on Sunday, holding signs and chanting slogans for 22-year-old Hande Kader, whose body was found last weekend. Media reports say the body was burned beyond recognition. Opposition MPs also attended the demonstration.

Banu Aslan, 58, told The Associated Press, "We want justice. They should never do this again. They should never murder again."

Last month, Turkish gay rights organization Kaos GL reported that the decapitated body of a gay Syrian refugee, Muhammed Wisam Sankari, had been found in Istanbul.

Homosexuality is legal in Turkey but rights groups say hate crimes against the LGBT community are common.

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