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1st May, International Labours’ Day

(tekgida.org.tr)

All over the world, today International workers’ day is being celebrated. Since the change of law few years ago, Turkish were (legally) able to celebrate this day on one of Istanbul’s main squares- the Taksim square. This year, Taksim square is empty, because prime minister Erdoğan decided to close it and like this prevet celebration. Many streets are closed for traffic today, metro lines, bus lines and boat lines between Europe and Asia don’t run.

Taksim is totally empty today, well only police is there, however in other parts of city, people gathered to celebrate this day and to protest against decision of prime minister. Police was well prepeared for this day: there are ten thousands of policemen and police vehicles equiped with water tanks and Istanbul’s air is full of pepper spray.

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