Authorities prep security measures for May Day in Taksim
Barriers encircling the square were placed by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality staff on April 29.
In 2017, DİSK and other labor unions, such as the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK), the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) and the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) celebrated May 1 in Istanbul’s Bakırköy district despite efforts to keep the Taksim tradition.
DİSK cited a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling from 2012, in which the court noted the symbolic importance of Taksim due to the 1977 Labor Day Celebrations when 37 people died after an eruption of violence.
In its November 2012 verdict, the ECHR noted that “in 1977, during Labor Day celebrations in Taksim Square, 37 people died after clashes had broken out. Taksim Square became a symbol of that tragic event and it is for this reason that the applicants insisted on organizing Labor Day celebrations in Taksim.”