Hundreds detained at May Day rallies in Istanbul – DW – 05/01/2024 | EUROtoday

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Turkish police on Wednesday arrested greater than 200 folks who tried to succeed in Istanbul’s historic Taksim Square for May 1 rallies, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya mentioned.

Police used tear fuel and fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of protesters who defied a ban on celebrating International Workers’ Day there.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had outlawed the annual protest on Taksim Square, however the chief of Turkey’s major opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Ozgur Ozel, referred to as for the rally to go forward.

Anti riot police officers stand guard blocking routes in Istanbul used by workers in May Day protests
Main roads in Istanbul had been closed and public transportation was halted resulting from a safety clampdownImage: Emrah Gurel/AP Photo/image alliance

More than 42,000 cops had been deployed to maintain order within the metropolis, Yerlikaya mentioned.

Ozel and Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, who was reelected this 12 months on a CHP ticket, joined a march in direction of Taksim Square, however organizers stopped a number of miles away as routes had been blocked.

Some protesters clashed with safety forces as they tried to breach the barricades.

“If May 1 is not celebrated in the country’s main square, democracy is in trouble. This struggle will continue until Taksim is free,” Ozel mentioned earlier.

The Constitutional Court dominated on the finish of final 12 months {that a} ban of demonstrations in Taksim Square violated the correct to peaceable meeting.

Rallies worldwide confront turbulent instances

There had been additionally sporadic clashes between police and a few demonstrators within the French capital, Paris.

Thousands of demonstrators marched to demand higher wages and dealing circumstances. Anti-Olympic protesters and pro-Palestinian activists had been additionally current.

Members of the motorized violent action repression police brigades, stand on position as demonstrators march in Paris
Police fired tear fuel as hundreds of protesters marched by way of the French capitalImage: Sarah Meyssonnier/REUTERS

Some demonstrators set Olympic rings on fireplace to oppose the Summer Games, which begin in Paris in lower than three months. France’s unions have warned of a strike throughout the Games if the federal government doesn’t adequately compensate folks working throughout Europe’s summer time holidays.

Security forces additionally blocked Filipino staff and left-wing activists marching in Manila from getting near the presidential palace.

Policemen try to block activists as they tried to march in Manila
Workers within the Philippines demanded wage will increase and job safety amid hovering meals and oil costsImage: Basilio Sepe/AP Photo/image alliance

In South Korea’s capital, Seoul, hundreds of protesters criticized President Yoon Suk Yeol’s conservative authorities for anti-labor insurance policies.

“In the past two years under the Yoon Suk Yeol government, the lives of our laborers have plunged into despair,” Yang Kyung-soo, chief of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, mentioned in a speech.

They had been particularly essential of Yoon’s veto of a invoice limiting corporations’ proper to hunt compensation for damages brought on by union strikes.

Workers from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) at a May Day rally in Seoul
Protesters shouted pro-labor slogans at a rally in SeoulImage: Soo-hyeon Kim/REUTERS

There was additionally a big demonstration within the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, throughout which tens of hundreds of demonstrators voiced their issues about rising electrical energy costs and tax hikes affecting professionals and small companies.

In Nigeria, labor unions criticized the federal government’s efforts to ease the price of residing. They demanded increased wage will increase to assist cope with rising inflation, which at over 33% is the best seen within the nation for 28 years.

During May Day rallies in Nairobi, Kenyan President William Ruto referred to as for a rise to the nation’s minimal wage.

German unions warns over financial measures

In the German capital, Berlin, hundreds of protesters had been gathering for a night May Day demonstration. Police mentioned they anticipated greater than 10,000 folks to participate.

Earlier within the day, an open trailer carrying folks celebrating May Day overturned within the village of Kandern within the nation’s southwest. None of the accidents had been believed to be life-threatening.

Meanwhile, German commerce union leaders used the event to name for social justice and reforms to the strict “debt brake,” which caps authorities borrowing.

Frank Werneke, the chairman of the commerce union Verdi, demanded that the measure be reformed or suspended in favor of higher funding in public providers and local weather adaptation.

“Urgently needed investments in infrastructure, local and long-distance public transport, and education are no longer taking place or remain piecemeal,” Werneke mentioned. “The debt brake is a brake on the future,” he added.

There has been a prevailing temper of financial gloom in Germany, as companies battle with raised vitality prices, excessive inflation, and elevated rates of interest.

lo/nm (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)