Protesters arrested during banned May Day protest in Turkey

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 march on May Day with scattered clashes

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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