A small group of protesters from a left-wing workers union clashed with police in Istanbul on Wednesday as they attempted to march towards the city’s iconic Taksim Square.
Authorities in Istanbul have banned May Day celebrations at Taksim Square since 2012 due to security concerns.
Taksim Square is considered to be a symbolic venue for the country’s labour activists after at least 34 people were killed during May Day protests in 1977.
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Thousands of workers and activists demanded better working conditions in May Day rallies around the globe, with arrests and clashes in some cities, including Paris, Istanbul and St. Petersburg, Russia. (May 1)
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Turkish police arrest a group of about 20 people in the Besiktas district of Istanbul. The demonstrators wanted to march in Taksim Square on 1 May, despite the ban imposed by the authorities. IMAGES
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Videographic showing the new Istanbul international airport, which begins operations at the weekend.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan casts his vote in Turkey’s local elections at a polling station in Istanbul with his wife. IMAGES of Erdogan voting
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