[I would advise my readers to check back this post frequently]

update: 3 May 2010- 13:00
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Famous actors Halil Ergün, Cem Özer, Tarık Akan had also attended the event. Habervesaire has published a good photo galery here.
Another gallery here.

Turkish Anarchists’ photos here.

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Linux users were there, too: “Free Software for a Free World” via

Media welcomes joyful Turkish May Day

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The Sunday editions of Turkish newspapers were dominated by headlines related to the previous day?s celebrations of a peaceful May Day in Istanbul?s Taksim Square.

Finally in Taksim!

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
This year’s peaceful May Day showed that the security and provocation concerns cited in previous years to keep celebrations out of Taksim Square were all unfounded.

AYŞE KARABAT – May Day in Taksim Square as a beginning and as an end

After I finish writing this article, I will hit the road from Ankara to İstanbul in order participate in the May Day festival in Taksim Square.

MICHAEL KUSER – May Day, mayday, m?aider

Anyone who lives in central İstanbul wants to avoid any risk of trouble at Saturday?s Labor Day demonstrations in Taksim Square, the first since the bloody one of 1977 in which dozens of people died.


Well, Bilgi U employees’ union was there, too…

Turkish PM takes credit for May Day in Taksim Square

from Hurriyet Dailynews
In his address to his party in Parliament, PM Erdoğan says the ability of workers to celebrate May Day in Istanbul’s Taksim Square was the result of his government’s work. ‘There is no difference between the mentality of those who fired on Turkish soldiers Saturday and of those who fired on workers in 1977,’ he adds

In Istanbul, May Day marred by protests
Press TV
More than 200000 people celebrating May Day have gathered for the first time in 33 years in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where dozens were killed decades ago.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – A historic day at Taksim Square

As a peaceful May Day celebration in İstanbul?s Taksim Square came to a close on Saturday, Turkey breathed a sigh of relief as fears about an outbreak of violence proved to be unfounded. May 1 has always been a source of tension in Turkey, where it had not been celebrated as an official holiday since the Sept. 12, 1980 coup.

update: 1 May 2010- 19:00

Just came back from Taksim. It was a peaceful and playful celebration in general. There are probably some minor incidents but things went smoothly.Our union (Bilgi University employees) also attended and ours was joyful, too. but most of us were first timers and I guess next year we might be more creative. Bilgi photos to come.

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

Turkish Press Scan for May 1

from Hurriyet Dailynews
These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 1, 2010. The Hürriyet Daily News does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

May Day rally in Istanbul’s Taksim Square draws thousands of laborers

from Hurriyet Dailynews
More than 200,000 people gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square for Saturday’s May Day celebrations, which by midday were marred only by a protest of a union chief. (UPDATED)

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Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

Labour Day Finally Back in Taksim Square!

from Bianet :: English
For the first time in 32 years, Taksim Square was open to the public for a celebration of the labour movement and a call for more rights.

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KLAUS JURGENS – Turkey celebrates May Day — much more than a symbolic event

For the first time since 1977, May Day will be celebrated in İstanbul?s Taksim Square.

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Ultra-leftists  march with their red flags as ...

Ultra-leftists march with their red flags

Ultra-leftists march with their red flags as tens of thousands of union workers gathered in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey Saturday, May 1, 2010, in the first celebrations at the site since dozens of people died there in a May 1 gathering more than three decades ago. The celebrations marked a symbolic victory for the unions, which had been denied access to the transit hub since 1977, when at least 34 people died after shooting triggered a stampede. The culprits were never found, contributing to a mood of instability and conspiracy theories before a military coup in 1980.? Read more »

(AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

Workers hold placards with names of people

Workers hold placards with the names of the people who were killed 1977, as union workers gather in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, May 1st, 2010, in the first celebrations at the site since dozens of people died there in a May 1 gathering more than three decades ago. The celebrations marked a symbolic victory for the unions, which had been denied access to the transit hub since 1977, when at least 34 people died after a shooting triggered a stampede. The culprits were never found, contributing to a mood of instability and conspiracy theories before a military coup in 1980.? Read more »

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

Tens of thousands gathered in Taksim Square

Tens of thousands of union workers gathered in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey Saturday, May 1, 2010 in the first celebrations at the site since dozens of people died there in a May 1 gathering more than three decades ago. The celebrations marked a symbolic victory for the unions, which had been denied access to the transit hub since 1977, when at least 34 people died after shooting triggered a stampede. The culprits were never found, contributing to a mood of instability and conspiracy theories before a military coup in 1980.? Read more »

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi

Dünya Türkiye'yi bu fotoğraflarla izledi
Even more photos here.

Demonstrators burn a US flag with a photo of ...

Demonstrators burn US flag

Demonstrators burn a US flag with a photo of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the name of his Justice and Development Party, AKP, on it, during May Day celebrations in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, May, 1, 2010. Tens of thousands of union workers gathered in Taksim Square in Istanbul Saturday in the first celebrations at the site since dozens of people died there in a May 1 gathering more than three decades ago. The celebrations marked a symbolic victory for the unions, which had been denied access to the transit hub since 1977, when at least 34 people died after shooting triggered a stampede. The culprits were never found, contributing to a mood of instability and conspiracy theories before a military coup in 1980.? Read more »

(AP Photo)

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Before the event started police searched the square carefully. more photos of police preparations here.

A history of May 1 celebrations in Turkey with old photos here.

Thousands of Turks to mark first May Day in Istanbul’s Taksim square since
Winnipeg Free Press
By: AP ISTANBUL – Thousands of union workers are marching toward Istanbul’s Taksim Square in the first celebrations at the site since dozens of people died

1969 | Bloody Sunday at Taksim, Istanbul

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Bloody Sunday [1] (TR Kanlı Pazar) is the name given to a counter-revolutionary response to a leftist protest that occurred on February 16, 1969, in Istanbul’s Beyazıt Square, Turkey. A coup d’état in 1960 had allowed a group of Turkish military officers to take control of the country. Under this established government, labor tensions grew and anti-American sentiment rose. Elements of the Turkish left and labour movement were protesting against perceived American Imperialism. Protests increased after the United States Sixth Fleet arrived in Turkey. Unrest peaked on February 16, 1969, when 30,000 people marched on Taksim. The demonstration was broken up by the police, but several thousand continued the march towards Taksim. It was at this point that a counter-revolutionary force attacked a large group of these protesters with knives and sticks. During this confrontation, two protesters, Ali Turgut and Duran Erdogan, were killed.

In pictures

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Demonstrators mark May Day around the world

1977 | May 1st Taksim, Istanbul

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

The Taksim Square massacre relates to the incidents on 1 May, 1977, the international Labour Day on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.

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more photos here.


Finally, the authorities allow workers to celebrate the Labor Day at Taksim square as in the very old days. In one of the shameful days of Turkey’s history, in 1 May 1977, possibly right-wing deep-state related agents shot at demonstrators and 34 died and 136 wounded in the ensuing chaos. Since then Taksim Square is not allowed to celebrate the Labor Day and every year police clash with left-wing activist. ..About the Bloody Labor Day check the wikipedia site in Turkish.

The police prepares for the Taksim meeting. Many famous artists are attending the meeting in Taksim. In English here.

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This is one of the most popular 1 May imageries from the 1 May 1977

update: 1 May 2010- 02:00

Acknowledge Women’s “Invisible Labour” on 1 May!

from Bianet :: English
Filiz Karakuş, Necla Akgökçe, Yıldız Ay and Nilgün Yurdalan call for the acknowledgement of male hegemony on Labour Day.

Labor Day and Taksim Square

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Finally the government has given up its rejection of labor’s demands. For the first time since 1978, Taksim Square is opened for a mass celebration of Labor Day.

May Day Special: Eat Union!

from Istanbul Eats

(Editor?s Note: Our celebration of the upcoming May Day workers? holiday continues. Today we take a look at the dining possibilities at two union halls, Istanbul style.)

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16,500 policemen will be in charge.

May Day could be celebrated in Istanbul’s Taksim

22,000 Policemen in Taksim for a ‘Peaceful 1 May’

from Bianet :: English

The Governor of Istanbul engaged more than 22,000 policemen for 1 May. Union representatives will be at the check points. Six union confederations will gather at Taksim square after a converging demonstration. The whole area will be closed to traffic.

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