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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Turkey tightens security ahead of New Year attack anniversary

Istanbul will deploy over 40,000 members of the security forces for the night of New Year’s Eve, one year after a deadly attack on a nightclub claimed 39 lives. The authorities have banned any New Year celebrations in Taksim Square in the heart of the European side of the city while a similar measure has been imposed for the lively district of Besiktas. IMAGES

Gulen effigy hanged, Turkish flags & fire at Taksim square as Erdogan supporters hail coup failure

Thousands of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters gathered on Istanbul’s central Taksim Square to celebrate the failure of Friday night’s military coup. The demonstration featured flag waving, the chanting of pro-government slogans, songs praising Erdogan and Islamic chants. An effigy of Fettullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in US and the person that Erdogan and his government have charged with orchestrating the coup, was hanged on the square.

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Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Disrupt Istanbul Gay Pride Parade

Turkish police officers disrupted this year’s Istanbul gay pride march, violently dispersing peaceful crowds as they gathered at the city’s iconic Taksim Square.

Istanbul’s annual march has been taking place in the city for over a decade, and the numbers of those attending have increased throughout the years.

The police actions on Sunday were an apparent response to the sudden banning of the event by Istanbul governor’s office, which reportedly decided to outlaw the march as it coincided with the holy month of Ramadan.

Undeterred, crowds began congregating on nearby streets, only to be fired upon with tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons by the police. Marchers told VICE News how they were attacked and injured by the heavy-handed police actions.

Despite this, pride marchers continued to gather on the streets until the early hours of Monday morning.

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Police Crack Down On Protesters On Gezi Anniversary (Dispatch 6)

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This week, demonstrators in Istanbul attempting to commemorate the year anniversary of the deadly Gezi Park protests that rocked Turkey in May of 2013 were confronted by tens of thousands of police officers.

Firing teargas and water cannons, officers dispersed the activists, who had hoped to read a statement in Istanbul’s Taksim Square and lay wreathes of flowers in memory of those killed during last years’ clashes.

The 2013 protests were the biggest anti-government demonstrations in Turkey for decades, and the country is still living with the repercussions of the uprising and the ensuing government crackdown.

VICE News was in Istanbul to follow Taksim Solidarity, a support organization for the protesters in Istanbul, during the one-year anniversary of the bloody clashes.

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Covert Crackdown: RT’s Correspondent Water-Cannoned in Ankara Night Raid

Turkish police are continuing crackdown on protesters and apparently the press, which RT’s Tom Barton experienced first-hand when attacked by a water cannon. Social media are also flooded with pictures of the wounds from the police’s non-lethal force.

While covering a peaceful protest in Ankara, RT’s correspondent was sprayed by a water canon law enforcement vehicle in front of the cameramen and the crew.

The video shows that the truck deliberately started spraying the correspondent, as the stream of water directly target the news crew. It further shows the police truck spraying anyone on the streets.

“Water cannon and gas vehicles have just charged into the square, if we look down at my legs now, not even the media are safe,” Barton says. “I just got literally knocked off of my feet by the water cannon that has just moved on there.”

Outrage over the police tactics also exploded on social media as rubber bullets were used by law enforcement to disperse the march at Taksim Square on Saturday.

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