No May Day rally permitted in Taksim, governor says
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
“It is not legally possible to hold the rally in Taksim, bearing in mind the current situation,” said Mutlu. DHA photoIstanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu confirmed today that this year’s May Day rally will not be allowed to take place in Taksim, although a short ceremony leaving a wreath in Taksim Square and a commemoration at the Kazancı lamp would be allowed.
After meeting with union representatives, Mutlu told reporters that the unions had not changed their mind on holding the rally in Taksim on May 1. However, he said the security forces would be present to prevent any attempts on the day.
“It is not legally possible to hold the rally in Taksim, bearing in mind the current situation,” said Mutlu, referring to the ongoing construction process near Taksim Square.
Mutlu called on the unions to give up on Taksim, collaborate with the security forces, and apply to hold the rally at an alternative location.