Istanbul police clash with May Day protestors

Turkish police have cracked down on activists in Istanbul over fears of unrest on May Day. The authorities have put the city under a security lockdown, blocking roads and closing public transport.

Turkish police on Friday used tear gas and water cannon against protesters who had gathered in the Besiktas district of Istanbul, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).
The authorities moved in on the gathering in the district close to the Bosphorus, a strait which divides Asia and Europe.

The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the security lockdown over fears of unrest ahead of Turkey’s June 7 legislative elections.
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Source News: DW