136 Arrested in May Day Demonstrations in Istanbul

Southeast Europe | May 1, 2015, Friday // 16:58|  views

Turkish protestors clash with riot police using water cannon during a May Day rally in Istanbul, Turkey, 01 May 2015. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters who had gathered in the Besiktas district of Istanbul despite a ban on holding May Day demonstrations in Taksim Square.

Istanbul Police Chief Selami Altinok said a total of 136 people had been detained by 2 pm local time on Friday, according to Turkey's Anadolu news agency, as cited by the BBC News.

The authorities ordered a security lockdown, including roadblocks and closed public transportation lines, over fears of unrest.

Police placed barricades around Taksim Square in a bid to prevent a repeat of the deadly clashes in 2013.

Around 10 000 police officers were stationed on and around Taksim Square to prevent gatherings, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

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