Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day Protests in Riots Turn Red; One Dead and More than 200 Detained

Istanbul, once again, turned to the center of protests in Turkey. May Day celebration, commemorating the spring festival and more importantly, Labor Day celebrations, was the scene of protests in the most populates city of Turkey.

Multiple groups of protesters tried to find their way to Taksim Square which was cordoned off by security forces yesterday. The march, despite police warnings, turned violent and more than 200 demonstrators were detained. Clashes with the police also led to the death of one old man.

http://youtu.be/NZiXmioietY

The protests were held scattered at different zones of the city. The anarchist and left-wing group who were heading towards Taksim square were confronted by police forces and the violence arose. Two persons, however, found their way into the square in spite of the hardly cordoned fences.

The governor’s office called the May Day celebration as a pretext for the riots:

Some illegal groups who want to damage the peace and safety of our people attempted illegal marches and demonstrations, primarily around Taksim Square... under the pretext of May Day celebrations. A total of 207 people have been detained, and some 40 Molotov cocktails, 17 hand grenades, 176 fireworks ... and lots of illegal posters have been seized.

The police forces used tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannon, the truck of the latter led to the death of a 57-year-old man, according to Reuters.

http://youtu.be/6mEfli_SHZs

Taksim square was traditionally the international center for May Day celebrations until 1977. The “Bloody May day” in 1977 led to the death of dozens of people. From late 2000s till 2013 the square was reopened.

Since the failed coup in July last year, the government of Turkey has been using harsh oppressing security forces in fear of new riots. The coup, however, is being used as a pretext to oppress the people and make the totalitarian dominion even more under the control of President Erdogan.



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