All May Day detainees released in Istanbul

Monday, May 05, 2014

173 people released from custody in Istanbul after May Day protests

173 people released from custody in Istanbul after May Day protests

ISTANBUL - All of the 173 activists who were detained after clashes with Turkish police during last Thursday's May Day celebrations in Istanbul were released Monday.

The last 18 attended depositions at the prosecutor's office Monday morning -- 151 had already given testimony -- allowing all to be released. Four suspects had already been released on court orders.  

The May Day protests in Istanbul were marred by violence which saw police use tear gas and water cannon to block demonstrators from entering Taksim Square in the city's center.

Trade unionists and a mix of opposition party activists and some far-left groups, gathered at several locations in central Istanbul insisting on marching to Taksim Square, the scene of major anti-government protests last year, to celebrate International Workers’ Day.

Istanbul's governor's office said hundreds of activists were arrested and eight home-made bombs as well as other weapons, including Molotov cocktails, were seized during the day.

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