Hundreds of protesters held over May Day rallies

More than 300 people detained under new domestic security law.

Hundreds of protesters held over May Day rallies

World Bulletin / News Desk 

A total of 339 illegal protesters have been detained under a new security law and 50 people, including 25 police officers, injured across Turkey amid illegal May 1, Labor Day protests, Turkey's General Directorate of Security has announced.

Four of the detainees were later charged in an Istanbul court with being members of an illegal organization.

The directorate said in a written statement on Saturday: "During demonstrations across Turkey, 25 policemen and 25 other civilians were injured."

The statement also said judicial proceedings against demonstrators who were detained were continuing.

The legal process is being carried out under a newly passed controversial domestic security law which was passed by the Turkish Parliament’s General Assembly on March 27 and approved by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday.

The domestic security package consists of 69 articles under which Turkish police are allowed to use weapons against those who attack schools, public buildings and places of worship with Molotov bombs, explosives, inflammable materials and other weapons.

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