Labor Day celebrated throughout Turkey

ISTANBUL

International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, was marked by tens of thousands of people at rallies organized by trade unions, non-governmental organizations and political parties across Turkey.

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The largest crown gathered in the Maltepe district of Istanbul to celebrate the day.

Istanbul’s governor’s office has banned celebrations at Taksim Square, one of Istanbul’s landmarks, but police have allowed unions to lay wreaths at the Republic monument and make their statements to the press in small groups.

Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK), Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK) and TÜRK-İş were among the trade unions entering Taksim.

Groups of people tried to march towards Taksim from Beşiktaş and Şişli districts without any permission, but the police intervened in the group. According to sources, about 160 have been arrested.

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has reduced all public transport costs to 1 kuruş per day.

The people of İzmir filled the famous Gündoğan Agora and welcomed Labor Day with various concerts that started in the afternoon and lasted until night.

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Another vigorous celebration took place in the eastern province of Tunceli.

Hundreds of people gathered on Sanat Sokağı, roughly called “The Street of Arts”, and marched towards Seyit Rıza Square, singing songs and shouting chants.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a statement early on May Day to mark “All Workers’ Day”.

Sharon P. Juarez