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Government says big ‘no’ for May 1 celebration in Taksim Square

DİSK (Confederation of Revolutionist Workers Trade Union) Chair Kani Beko visited Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu to get permission for May 1 Worker’s Day celebrations in Taksim square but returned empty-handed.

Minister Soylu communicated Beko that Office of the İstanbul Governor will designate locations for celebrations and any other venues will not be allowed.  Beko next met with Governor Vasip Şahin but reportedly didn’t get the consent.

In 1977, 37 people died in Taksim during the May 1 celebrations and the square has become a symbol for Turkish leftist groups and Trade Unions.  DİSK wants to remark the 40th anniversary of the tragic event at the same venue.  

Taksim opened for celebrations in 2010, but closed again in 2013 under the color of maintenance and repair. No gathering happened since 2012.

Bülent Korkmaz

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