Dozens detained as May Day marches turn violent in Istanbul

  • Osun NLC cancels Workers’ Day celebration in honour of Adeleke

Dozens were detained by police in Istanbul on Monday after clashes broke out between demonstrators and authorities during May Day protests in the Turkish metropolis, a report said.

It said that police deployed tear gas in the Mecediyekoy district of the city after clashes with protesters who were trying to reach Taksim Square, which was the centre of widespread anti-government protests in 2013.

About 70 people were separately detained in the city’s Besiktas district.

May Day demonstrations at Taksim Square have been banned in recent years, although unions with ties to the government were allowed to appear there to make short position statements.

The Anadolu news agency reported that more than 30,000 members of the security forces were guarding the square.

Thousands of union members in opposition to the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with other protesters – gathered in the district of Bakirkoy, where a protest had been approved by officials.

Ever since an attempted coup in July, thousands of people have been detained in Turkey or removed from their jobs on allegations of working to destabilise the government.

In the meantime, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Osun state on Monday said it  had canceled the Workers Day celebration in honour of   Sen. Isiaka Adeleke who died on April, 23.

The State NLC chairman,  Mr Jacob Adekomi said in Osogbo, that the body took the decision to honour Adeleke who was the state’s first civilian governor. Adeleke was the governor between 1992 and 1993, before the coup by General Sani Abacha on 17 November 1993.

Adekomi  said the Fidau (prayer) for Adeleke also falls on Workers’ Day.

He said that in line with the  call by the national body of the NLC for better welfare for civil servants, “Osun NLC is also pressing home and making demands for the payments of all outstandings from the state government.

“We are demanding from the government the payment of outstanding balance of over 20 months half salaries the workers are being paid.

“We are also asking the government to pay workers their leave allowances and other benefits that is due to them,” he said

Adekomi said that their demands were always contained in letters which they had been forwarding to the government as a follow up to meetings they had been holding.

Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, representing Osun West Senatorial District died on Sunday, April, 23.

Additional report from Nation