Tear gas has greeted protesters in Turkey as they and demonstrators around the globe mark the U.N. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

A Phalanx of Turkish police officers in riot gear, right, block protesters during a rally in central Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping road of Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 to mark the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Phalanx of Turkish police officers in riot gear, right, block protesters during a rally in central Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping road of Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
People take part during a protest against sexism and gender violence in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. More than 40 marches are being held across cities and towns in Spain to mark the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
People take part during a protest against sexism and gender violence in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. More than 40 marches are being held across cities and towns in Spain to mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Hundreds of people, mostly women, chanted slogans Sunday in a march in Istanbul police say was unauthorized. Police briefly fired tear gas to stop the group from marching on the city’s main pedestrian avenue.

A young boy holds banner reading, ''living women, I want my mother alive'' while protesting male violence against women, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, during the International Day Against Male Violence. Activists are marching in more than 40 cities and towns in Spain to mark the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A young boy holds banner reading, ”living women, I want my mother alive” while protesting male violence against women, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, during the International Day Against Male Violence. Activists are marching in more than 40 cities and towns in Spain to mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Protesters, displaying placards, chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters, displaying placards, chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters, mostly women, display placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters, mostly women, display placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Protests in Turkey have been especially restricted in recent years. The women’s activist group Mor Cati says Turkey was more concerned with stopping protests than “preventing male violence.”

A participant holds banner reading,''Not one less'' as people gather at Plaza del Castillo square to protest male violence against women, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, during the International Day Against Male Violence. Activists are marching in more than 40 cities and towns in Spain to mark the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A participant holds banner reading,”Not one less” as people gather at Plaza del Castillo square to protest male violence against women, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, during the International Day Against Male Violence. Activists are marching in more than 40 cities and towns in Spain to mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A phalanx of Turkish police officers in riot gear, block protesters during a rally in central Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping road of Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A phalanx of Turkish police officers in riot gear, block protesters during a rally in central Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping road of Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters, display placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters, display placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

In Spain, activists marched in more than 40 cities and towns. Tens of thousands protested in Madrid alone.

The Farnesina Italian foreign ministry headquarters are illuminated in red on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in Rome, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The Farnesina Italian foreign ministry headquarters are illuminated in red on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in Rome, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Protesters display banners and placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The placard left, reads in Turkish: 'Women are strong together'. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters display banners and placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The placard left, reads in Turkish: ‘Women are strong together’. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters, mostly women, display various placards calling to end violence towards women, and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters, mostly women, display various placards calling to end violence towards women, and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

In Brussels, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani sported a red swipe under his left eye. In Italy, the mark stands for support of the U.N. day.

Source: The Associated Press

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