World Bulletin/News Desk
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Friday filed a criminal complaint against Interior Minister Muammer Güler, İstanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, İstanbul Police Chief Hüseyin Çapkın and İstanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş for their alleged role in the outbreak of violent incidents that took place between police and demonstrators who wanted to celebrate May Day in İstanbul on Wednesday.
Tensions escalated when the groups attempted to march towards Taksim Square despite the government's prohibition on gatherings there due to ongoing construction in the area.
Despite resistance from police, the demonstrators insisted on holding an unauthorized rally in Taksim, leading to clashes.
22 police officers were injured during the clashes with three of the officers suffering life-threatening injuries. Three demonstrators were injured in the clashes. Seventy-two people were also detained for involvement in violence in İstanbul on May Day.
Officials from the CHP İstanbul provincial branch and several CHP deputies submitted a petition to the İstanbul Public Prosecutor's Office in which they demanded that several state officials be punished over charges of preventing individuals' right of free movement and right of assembly through the use of force.
Salıcı claimed that the construction in Taksim is being undertaken in order to prevent future May Day celebrations in Taksim.
With regards to claims from İstanbul Governor Mutlu that Wednesday's incidents were the work of marginal groups, Salıcı said the governor has no right to describe any group as marginal.Last Mod: 04 Mayıs 2013, 10:05