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Turkish police attack workers during May Day celebrations.

category international | worker & community struggles and protests | news report author Friday May 01, 2009 10:39author by Sevinc - WSM (personal capacity)author email wsm_ireland at yahoo dot com Report this post to the editors

Fascist police used gas bombs and water canon

Fascist Turkish police used water canon and gas bombs to stop workers from accessing the central district of Taksim, Istanbul. Taksim has been the center and symbol of workers' strugle since "unknown snipers" opened indiscriminate fire on protesting workers and killed 34 in 1977.
Pictures coming in from mobile phones
Pictures coming in from mobile phones

Workers buses, which were on their way to the celebrations from the nearby city of Izmit, were stopped and workers were attacked by the police when they diverted their protest and remained in the city.

There are problems making phone contact with Istanbul at the moment but updates will be posted as comments as we receive them

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author by Sevinc (via Andrew)publication date Fri May 01, 2009 10:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Some more mobile images

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author by Andrewpublication date Fri May 01, 2009 10:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors


May Day clashes in Istanbul - Friday, 1 May 2009 10:16

Several hundred May Day demonstrators have clashed with police in central Istanbul in battles that saw water cannon fired and several arrests made. Turkish riot police staged three charges against hundreds of demonstrators in the Sisli district of the city who had hurled rocks at security forces, according to eyewitnesses at the scene.
continues at http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0501/turkey.html

author by Sevinc (via Andrew)publication date Fri May 01, 2009 10:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

DISK, Revolutionary Workers's Union, second largest in Turkey, access the workers' statute, after 31 years, very symbolic. Fascist are not going to like this.

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author by Sevinc (via Andrew)publication date Fri May 01, 2009 11:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Live footage of Revolutionary Workers' Union take over of Taksim Square after 31 years at 'related link' below

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