Workers gassed at Ankara Labor Day rally
AA photoPolice sprayed tear gas on a group of demonstrators in Ankara after the group wanted to cross a police barricade today.
Labor Day celebrations are taking place in two separate locations in Ankara, Tandoğan and Sıhhiye squares, as the governor would not allow for a joint demonstration.
Workers from numerous labor unions gathered at Sıhhiye square earlier today. Around 500 more workers arrived with busses later on. Police surrounded and barricaded the newly arriving group, preventing them from joining others.
The group tried to cross the barricade, which prompted the police to use tear gas to subdue the workers. The group retreated behind the barricades and started chanting slogans.
Around 4,000 police officers were deployed in Ankara streets for Labor Day celebrations.