Peaceful May Day celebrations ends in Turkey's Istanbul

Tens of thousands of workers gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square for the first time on the site after 32 years of ban to celebrate the May 1 Labor Day.

Peaceful May Day celebrations ends in Turkey's Istanbul

Tens of thousands of workers gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Saturday for the first time on the site after 32 years of ban to celebrate the May 1 Labor Day.

The site was symbolic because 36 people were killed there in 1977 when unknown gunmen opened fire, causing a stampede.

Celebrations in Taksim, one of the busiest places in the heart of the city, ended peacefully except for a minor incident.

Chairman of the Turkish Confederation of Labor Unions (Turk-Is) Mustafa Kumlu was the target of protests which aimed at blocking him from addressing the crowd. Kumlu was taken to a nearby building amid scuffles.

Following speeches made by heads of labor unions KESK and DISK, the crowd left the site. Tight security measures were taken around Taksim Square. Police deployed thousands of officers to monitor Saturday's event.

Workers celebrated the Labor Day also in other cities of Turkey, including Ankara and Izmir, demanding more jobs, better work conditions and higher wages.
 

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