|dethalternate||Date: Thursday, 01-May-2014, 7:53 PM | Message # 1|
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There were clashes in central Istanbul on Thursday after Turkish demonstrators tried to defy a government ban on May Day rallies at the city's iconic Taksim Square.
Only a few trade union leaders were allowed into the area under police guard to lay flowers commemorating the deaths of at least 34 people there during a May Day gathering in 1977.
A massive police operation has cracked down on May Day protests in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Defying a ban on May Day protests, hundreds of protesters clashed with police in the Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul. Some activists threw Molotov cocktails and fireworks at police officers, who retaliated with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon
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Riot Police in Istanbul used tear gas and water cannon to break up crowds of protesters during May Day demonstrations. The authorities have blocked off Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square. RT's Sara Firth reports.