Monday, May 1, 2017

More Than 160 Demonstrations In Istanbul On 1st Of May


The 1st of May was violated by violence against government critics in Istanbul. The Turkish police were very hard pressed against a group of demonstrators who wanted to march to the central Taksim Square despite a ban. The officers used tear gas and gummy shots.
165 demonstrators were arrested.
"Long live the May 1st. No to the dictator," the banners of the leftist demonstrators in the Gayrettepe district in Istanbul said. When about 200 demonstrators moved towards Taksim Square, the police entered.
Initially, the police reported 207 detentions, later she spoke of 165 arrests. 139 of those arrested would have violated the ban on demonstration. 17 people had been arrested because they wanted to unleash banners.
The police also updated their details on confiscated items: On Sunday and Monday, 85 Molotov cocktails, 95 bottles filled with paint, 25 fireworks bodies and several masks were confiscated in Istanbul.
In Istanbul alone, 30,000 policemen were involved in the protests on 1 May. The governor of the metropolis said some illegal groups had tried to use the celebrations on May 1 as a "pretext" for protests against the government. According to him, a man died in an accident during the maneuver of a water faucet.
The Istanbul authorities had issued a ban on a demonstration for Taksim Square, which has not allowed any protests since the Gezi riots in summer 2013. The square was completely blocked off on Monday, the access roads were also locked in a wide area. The police were massively present, the metro station was closed.
Taksim Square was the venue of the May rallies until 1977 when 34 people were shot by radical nationalists. "Our people were massacred on 1 May 1977," said a demonstrator named Sevim. "We go to Taksim Square because it is a significant place for the working class."
In Istanbul alone, 30,000 policemen were involved in the protests on 1 May. The governor of the metropolis said some illegal groups had tried to use the celebrations on May 1 as a "pretext" for protests against the government. According to him, a man died in an accident during the maneuver of a water faucet.
The Istanbul authorities had issued a ban on a demonstration for Taksim Square, which has not allowed any protests since the Gezi riots in summer 2013. The square was completely blocked off on Monday, the access roads were also locked in a wide area. The police were massively present, the metro station was closed.
Taksim Square was the venue of the May rallies until 1977 when 34 people were shot by radical nationalists. "Our people were massacred on 1 May 1977," said a demonstrator named Sevim. "We go to Taksim Square because it is a significant place for the working class."
At the official May rally in Bakirkoy at the Ataturk Airport in the west of the Bosporus metropolis, several thousand people took part. The demonstration took place two weeks after a controversial referendum in which a narrow majority voted to expand the power of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The opposition sees this as a step towards autocracy and accuses the government of manipulating the vote. However, their appeals before the court have so far been unsuccessful. The demonstrator Yunus Özgür said in Istanbul that he wanted to march to Taksim Square to protest the "irregularities" in the vote.
Also in Ankara, 6000 people gathered for the 1st of May, with the mass of letters holding up the word "Hayir" (No), which was in reference to the constitutional referendum. There were also banners with the inscription "No is No".

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