Turkish Authorities Ban 1 May Demonstration in Istanbul
Turkey, Ankara, 1 May / Trend corr A. Alaskarov/ Turkish Government prohibited for trade unions to hold a large 1 May demonstration in the centre of Istanbul in Taksim Square. "The Government has not permitted for the mass 1 May labour demonstrations to take place in Taksim," Faruk Celik, Turkish Labour & Social Security Minister, said on 30 April.
Celik did not explain why the demonstration was prohibited, but said that 100-150 leader and representatives of Turkish trade unions may come to Taksim to lay wreaths, Milliyet newspaper reported.
Celik's statement followed the meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the heads of Turkish Trade Union Confederation, Revolutionary Workers' Trade Union Confederation and Public Workers' Trade Union Confederation on 30 April.
The meeting focused on the trade union's requirement to hold a demonstration in honour of International Workers' Day (1 May) in the central square of Istanbul.