Turkish police clash with May Day protesters

2015-05-01 16:15
A man lies on the ground in front of a row of riot police after Turkish police used a water cannon to disperse protestors during a May Day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic, AFP)

A man lies on the ground in front of a row of riot police after Turkish police used a water cannon to disperse protestors during a May Day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic, AFP)

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Istanbul - Turkish police on Friday used tear gas and water cannon against May Day protesters who sought to march toward Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square, where the government had banned demonstrations.

Police made several arrests and protesters blocked some roads near the square with burning trash bins. Some were seen firing firecrackers and throwing stones at police. The protests were organized by leftist groups.

The government deployed some 10 000 police officers in and around the square, where police clashed with protesters last year.

"Its very bad that they block off Taksim. They are blocking off our freedom," said 21-year-old Onur.

The protesters had gathered a few kilometres north of Taksim, where 34 people were killed in clashes on 1 May, 1977, prompting a ban on the use of the site by labour movements until 2010.

The ban was reinstated in 2013, and May Day activists that year clashed with police. A month later, mass anti-government protests that had started in Taksim and the nearby Gezi Park spread to other cities.

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