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Istanbul Police Fire Water Cannon And Tear Gas At May Day Protesters

Some 136 people were reportedly arrested after defying a ban to march on the Turkish city's Taksim Square.

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May Day has long been a day of protest in Istanbul. This year, the government went through extensive measures to suppress demonstrations, dispatching some 10,000 security personnel to the city.


The main rally today was in the Istanbul neighborhood of Besiktas, which looks out onto the Bosporous. A group of protesters, estimated to be in the low hundreds, were gathered there around 2 p.m. local time.

With little warning, the engines on the trucks hummed to life, the police put their helmets on, and the crackdown was underway amid bursts from the cannons and clouds of tear gas.


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