Baku, Azerbaijan, May 1
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Some 11 people accused of plotting provocations during May Day marches were detained as a result of the special operation in Istanbul this morning, Anadolu agency reported on May 1.
Firearms were confiscated during the special operation.
A criminal case was filed.
Celebrating May Day in Turkey - International Workers' Day has been banned for 32 years. In April 2014 the ruling Justice and Development Party cancelled a ban on holding May Day marches.
It was earlier reported that Istanbul Mayor Office does not consider it acceptable to hold May Day rallies in Taksim Square.
"There is information about possible provocations during May Day marches," the Mayor Office said.
"One should forget about holding marches on Taksim Square," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier.
Erdogan went on to add that Turkey's government is not interested in aggravating the situation in the country during the May Day march.
"The May Day march will not take place on Taksim Square in Istanbul," Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said earlier.
"Taksim Square is not suitable for any marches, therefore a May Day march should take place in any other place, rather than here," Ala said.
"It is necessary to take into account many factors including the safety of citizens while holding public events," the minister said.
Earlier, Turkey's leading oppositional Republican People's Party said the party's supporters will gather on May Day on Taksim Square in Istanbul, despite prohibitions.
translated by NH
edited by CN