Bosphorus blocked by protest against oil tanker traffic

Maritime traffic in the Bosphorus Strait halted for an hour Sunday as some 1,000 boats carrying Turkish environmental activists clogged the narrow waterway in a demonstration against the passage of oil tankers, Anatolia news agency reported.

The protesters brandished banners reading “Let’s join hands to protect the Bosphorus” and “I love Istanbul” as the boats sounded their sirens. Three gliders accompanied the marine procession from the air.