140 people detained during May Day rally in Istanbul
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 1
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Istanbul police detained 140 people who hid their faces behind masks during the May Day rally, the Turkish TV channel TRT Haber said May 1.
The detainees are citizens of Turkey.
In February, Turkey's parliament adopted a package of reforms on security, under which the participants of rallies are prohibited to hide their faces behind masks, and such behavior is regarded as a threat to public safety. The use of the Molotov cocktail during the rallies is equal to the use of weapons.
Today, the rallies of trade unions kicked off in Istanbul. The rallies are timed to coincide with the International Day of Solidarity of Workers - May Day.
All the sea voyages in Istanbul's waters were cancelled due to the May Day marches in Turkey. Aside from that, Istanbul's metro will not operate on May 1.
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