Turkey

Crackdown at Taksim

Print edition : May 30, 2014

Protesters brave police water cannons and tear gas as they try to reach Taksim Square on May Day holding posters with the images of victims of last year’s protests. Photo: Emrah Gurel/AP

In the neighbourhood of Beyoglu in Istanbul, stickers and stencils portray Erdogan as a murderer. Photo: Vijay Prashad

Erdogan’s party, AKP, emerged as the main opposition to the Republican People’s Party of Kemal Ataturk. Photo: ADEM ALTAN/AFP

The AKP’s victory (campaign poster in picture) in the municipal elections has strengthened Erdogan’s hands. Photo: Emrah Gurel/AP

A flyer distributed by protesters marching to Taksim Square on May Day rally. Photo: Vijay prashad

Protests build up against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but he remains defiant, cracking down on the May Day rally in Istanbul and even indicating that he may run for President in August.
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