Police resting. The sign reads "We're closed on May 1" - Recently, permission was given and the usual shut down of Istanbul's busiest and most visited Taksim square and district by thousands of riot police and running battles with protesters was avoided. The ban stems from the left-right conflict days of the 1970's and the unsolved machine gunning of the 1977 rally which left over 30 dead. It's a very symbolic, thus hotly contested event. (image by Sacha Guney)
Police resting. The sign reads "We're closed on May 1" - Recently, permission was given and the usual shut down of Istanbul's busiest and most visited Taksim square and district by thousands of riot police and running battles with protesters was avoided. The ban stems from the left-right conflict days of the 1970's and the unsolved machine gunning of the 1977 rally which left over 30 dead. It's a very symbolic, thus hotly contested event.
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