Thousands use UN day to protest violence against women

Candles burn and female silhouettes are placed during a rally to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,  outside th

Candles burn and female silhouettes are placed during a rally to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, outside th

A Phalanx of Turkish police officers in riot gear, right, block protesters during a rally in central Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping roa

A Phalanx of Turkish police officers in riot gear, right, block protesters during a rally in central Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping roa

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 acro

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 acro

A young boy holds banner reading, ''living women, I want my mother alive'' while protesting male violence against women, in Pamplona, northern Spain,

A young boy holds banner reading, ''living women, I want my mother alive'' while protesting male violence against women, in Pamplona, northern Spain,

Protesters, displaying placards, chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Da

Protesters, displaying placards, chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Da

Protesters, mostly women, display placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' In

Protesters, mostly women, display placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' In

A participant holds banner reading,''Not one less'' as people gather at Plaza del Castillo square to protest male violence against women, in Pamplona,

A participant holds banner reading,''Not one less'' as people gather at Plaza del Castillo square to protest male violence against women, in Pamplona,

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 Is

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 Is

Protesters, display placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Da

Protesters, display placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' International Da

The Farnesina Italian foreign ministry headquarters are illuminated in red on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence ag

The Farnesina Italian foreign ministry headquarters are illuminated in red on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence ag

Protesters display banners and placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' Inter

Protesters display banners and placards and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, to mark the United Nations' Inter

Protesters, mostly women, display various placards calling to end violence towards women, and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday

Protesters, mostly women, display various placards calling to end violence towards women, and chant slogans during a rally in central Istanbul, Sunday

ISTANBUL (AP) — 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.

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.

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."

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

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.