FROM MASSACRE TO FEST
It was a historic day in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Saturday. Tens of thousands of workers were there to mark the May 1 Labor and Solidarity Day. Common sense of workers and the police prevented a possible provocation.
FOREIGN INVESTORS KEEPING THEIR EYES ON JUDICIARY
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan spoke about recent developments in Turkish and global economy.
"We pushed the button for constitutional reform and the stock exchange soared. Business world shower positive reaction too," he said.
Babacan said the biggest risk for the country was a coalition government.
"Another risk is a possible closure case which also worries foreign investors," he added.
DAVUTOGLU DELIVERS A SPEECH ON TURKISH FOREIGN POLICY AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu delivered a speech on Turkey's foreign policy at Oxford University. At a conference organized by South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX) and Turkey's Sabanci University, Davutoglu said peace must be secured in Jerusalem for stability in the Middle East. In regard to tension between Turkey and Israel, Davutoglu said tension stemmed from Israel's policies.
TURKEY'S EXPORTS UP IN APRIL
Despite shrinkage in the world markets, Turkey's exports rose by 25.44 percent in April 2010 to $9.43 billion when compared to the same month of 2009. Turkish Exporters' Assembly announced the exports figures for April and said that country's exports also increased by 23.09 percent in the first four months over the same period of 2009.
Turkey managed to face Taksim fear. Taksim Square, where 37 people were killed during the bloody May Day celebrations in 1977, was opened for celebrations at Justice & Development (AK) Party government. Hundreds of thousands celebrated the Labor Day in peace except for some minor incidents.
"TURKIH FIRMS WILL RECONSTRUCT IRAQ"
Head of Iraq's national investment authority, Sami Al Araji, said that Iraq would sign deals in the near future with Turkish firms for reconstruction of Iraq. He said Turkish firms would undertake construction of 500,000 homes which he said was a $27-billion investment.
THOUSANDS GET EVEN AFTER 32 YEARS
Tens of thousands of people rushed to Taksim Square after a 32-year ban of May Day celebrations at the site was lifted. Celebrations ended peacefully after the last May Day in 1978. According to Istanbul governor's office, 150,000 people were in Taksim. Labor Union DISK said it was 400,000. Some 22,000 police officers were deployed to take security measures.
NO RETREAT FROM THE MOVE
Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan met with journalists on Saturday and promised no retreat from government democratic initiative.
"Fight against terrorism is a hard job. But if some one thinks that the government would backtrack on the initiative, I can say there is no such thing happen," Babacan said.
On economy, Babacan said there were two major risks. He said they were a weak coalition government and a new closure case against the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.
DUTCH GUESTS TO NUDIST HOTEL
Turkey's first nudist hotel, opened in Datca in southwest Turkey, hosts a Dutch couple nowadays. The couple was asked for an interview by journalists but they refused on the grounds that it was their personal life. Private security officers are taking control of the hotel while gendarmerie teams are also patrolling around it.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GATHER FOR MAY DAY
Hundreds of thousands of workers who gathered at Taksim Square for Labor Day celebrations banded together against unemployment and injustice. Workers who protested global capital and the government asked for job. May Day was celebrated across the country. Workers gathered at Sihhiye Square in Ankara and celebrated the Labor Day shoulder to shoulder.
PUPPET FESTIVAL TO BEGIN
The international puppet festival has been turning into a big platform. 25 groups from 15 countries will perform their shows within the scope of the 13th International Istanbul Puppet Festival which will begin on May 4. 75 performances will take place under the festival.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN TAKSIM
The 2010 May day celebrations marked a historic day for workers in Istanbul. Hundreds of thousands of people attended the celebrations in Taksim Square on Saturday after 32 years. Those who were killed in bloody May Day in 1977 were commemorated with respect and carnations.
FOUR SOLDIERS MARTYRED
A crowded group of terrorists attacked an outpost in Nazimiye town of the eastern province of Tunceli at midnight. The clash between soldiers and terrorists lasted till the morning. Four soldiers were killed in the clash.
FULL OF CHEERS
May 1 Labor Day turned Istanbul's Taksim Square into a festival venue after 32 years. Those who were killed in bloody May Day in 1977 were commemorated with respect and carnations.
THREE-HOUR CLASH SHOULDER TO SHOULDER
A crowded group of terrorists attacked an outpost in Nazimiye town of Tunceli province in eastern Turkey. Four soldiers were killed, seven were injured. Terrorists chose a rainy and foggy night for the attack. That's why helicopters could not get there. A woman terrorist's body found at the clash site.
Meanwhile, in an other clash between terrorists and security forces, a lieutenant was killed in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir's Lice town. Two soldiers were wounded.
Workers were in Taksim Square 33 years after the bloody May 1, 1977 and 32 years after the last May Day celebration.
May Day, which had caused tension every year, was celebrated like a festival and ended peacefully this year. Yet, a question mark remained: "What was to be afraid of all these years?"
FOUR SOLDIERS KILLED
A group of some 50 terrorists attacked a gendarmerie outpost in eastern province of Tunceli. The terrorist group took advantage of a the foggy night to attack the outpost. Four soldiers, including the commander of the outpost, were killed during the three-hour clash with terrorists. Seven soldiers were wounded. Two of them are in serious condition.
SECOND ROUND ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BILL
The second round of voting on the 27-article constitutional amendment bill will begin today. The debates on the bill are expected to last for one week. There is need for 367 votes to pass the constitutional amendment bill. If the votes for the bill remain between 330 and 367, a referendum will be held on the package.
MAY DAY JOY IN TAKSIM
The 2010 May day celebrations marked a historic day for workers after the Turkish government allowed celebrations to be marked at Taksim Square after 32 years. Around 200,000 people participated in the Labor Day celebrations in Taksim Square.