12 detained as police attack May Day gathering in Trabzon

Turkish police continue with violent crackdown on those who are taking to the streets today to celebrate May Day.

In Ortahisar district of Trabzon province in northern Turkey, members of the Halkevleri (People’s Houses) and Öğrenci Kolektifleri (Students Collectives) took to the streets today to make a statement marking the International Workers’ Day.

The activists spoke on the streets with a banner reading “Resist against epidemic opportunism, destruction of nature, poverty”. In their slogans, they vowed to remain on the streets against corruption, injustice, unemployment.

The activists were attacked by police while on their way to the central Trabzon Square. Berna Demirtaş, a member of Halkevleri Board of Directors, was injured as a result of police brutality. 12 other people were taken into custody.