521 detainees released after Turkey May Day clashes

A total of 521 demonstrators, who had been detained by police during the May Day celebrations in Istanbul, were released on Friday.

521 detainees released after Turkey May Day clashes
Turkish Minister of Labor Faruk Celik on Friday criticized the security forces use of excessive force against the demonstrators, Hürriyet reported.

A total of 521 demonstrators, who had been detained by police during the May Day celebrations in Istanbul, were released on Friday, the ANKA news agency reported.

Nine of the detainees were sent to the office of the public prosecutor, it added.

Turkish Minister of Labor Faruk Celik told reporters on Friday the civilian authorities need to explain why they acted with such brutally against the demonstrators in the beginning, in relation to the incidents that occurred in Istanbul on May 1.

Turkish police on Thursday used batons and pepper spray, as well as water cannons to prevent crowds gathered to celebrate May Day in Istanbul from marching to Taksim Square where they planned to hold a mass gathering.

Thirty-eight people, including eight policemen and one journalist, were injured and 530 demonstrations had been detained at the Istanbul rally on May 1.

Last Mod: 02 Mayıs 2008, 16:38
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