Tear gas, over 200 arrests at May Day clashes in Istanbul (PHOTOS)

May Day rallies in Tukey’s most populous city descended into clashes with the police, as several activist groups tried to get into cordoned-off areas of the city. Over 200 people have been detained, and at least one man was reportedly killed.

Labor Day celebrations in Istanbul turned violent as multiple groups of demonstrators attempted to march towards central Taksim Square, despite police cordons and warnings.

“Some illegal groups who want to damage the peace and safety of our people attempted illegal marches and demonstrations, primarily around Taksim Square... under the pretext of May Day celebrations,” the governor’s office said, as cited by Reuters. “A total of 207 people have been detained, and some 40 Molotov cocktails, 17 hand grenades, 176 fireworks ... and lots of illegal posters have been seized.”


The clashes erupted at multiple locations throughout the city, as members of left-wing and anarchist parties, as well as trade unions, attempted to march towards Taksim Square.

A group of protesters was dispersed in the Mecidiyekoy neighborhood, when police used tear gas and rubber bullets as activists tried to march towards Taksim Square.

A 57-year old man was run over and killed by a police water cannon truck, CNN Turk reports. The governor's office said he was hit as the vehicle was maneuvering, as cited by Reuters.

@fgeffardAFP Protesters attempt to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul. @yasinnakgul

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After the botched July 2016 coup attempt, Turkey’s authorities tightened their grip on security by imposing a state of emergency that has been extended a number of times since. Consequently, Taksim Square was entirely cordoned off well beforehand on Sunday, and numerous riot and plain clothes police officers had been deployed to the area.

Nevertheless, two female activists shouting communist slogans and brandishing a banner managed to slip into the well-guarded area. The two were overwhelmed by police and placed in a cruiser after a brief yet violent struggle.


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Cubans flood squares in May Day parade

HAVANA, Cuba, May 1 (ACN) Despite being a traditional sight, the amount of Cubans flooding the main squares of the country this May Day causes awe to everyone watching as they march since seven AM throughout the country.

Reports from several media outlets reflect that more people continue joining the parades as they move forward chanting long live Fidel, long live Raul, long live the Revolution!
At the Havana’s Jose Marti Revolution Square, where Cuban flags flow to the air, hundreds of thousands await the beginning of the parade, the first since the Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro passed away.
In a nearby building a giant image shows the motto for this day: Our strength is the unity, while a similar one is displayed at the National Theater that reads: Unity gave us the victory.
Over 1,500 foreign guests from 84 countries and 14 Solidarity with Cuba organizations from all over the world are also part of the workers´celebrations.
The first province to have its parade was Santiago de Cuba, where the sun rises earlier than in Havana, and had the presence of Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, among other top Party and government leaders.
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Cuban Workers Commitment to Revolution Acknowledged

Havana, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The May Day parade will be a demonstration of the Cuban workers'' commitment to the work of the Revolution, the general secretary of the Cuban Workers'' Confederation (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, said.

In an interview on local television, the union leader noted that from all corners of the country, workers assured the levels of efficiency as a contribution to the production chain.

Celebrating May Day without the physical presence of the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, adds a particular dimension to the parade, but we interpret his legacy from the daily fulfillment of our duties, noted Guilarte.

The CTC leader pointed out that the parade at Havana's Revolution Square will end a period of acknowledgements and decorations to outstanding workers.

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Raul Castro Presides Over May Day Parade in Havana

Cuban President Raul Castro is presiding over the main event on Workers'' International Day at Havana''s Revolution Square, where a mass parade in defense of socialism is taking place.

Government officials, historic personages, intellectuals, the diplomatic corps in Cuba and trade union leaders from several countries were invited to participate in the festivities in the tribune, built at the foot of the monument to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti.

Under the slogan 'Our Strength Is Unity', millions of Cubans have gathered nationwide to celebrate May 1 with the commitment to improving Cuba's revolutionary process and praising the value of work.

The parade is also an opportunity to demand an end to the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade and the devolution of the illegally-occupied territory at the Guantanamo Naval Base.

The Cuban people are also repeating their support for the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela against the terrorist attacks by groups financed by the right wing and their rejection of the Latin American offensive against democratic processes and leaders in the continent, the general secretary of the Cuban Workers' Confederation (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, said on Sunday.

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May Day 2017 celebrations announced

The Federation of Cuban Workers (CTC) and national trade unions calls on the Cuban people to mobilize to celebrate May Day, in a joyful environment of unity and commitment in the defense of socialism, under the banner of “Unity is our strength”

The Federation of Cuban Workers (CTC) and national trade unions has a issued a call on the Cuban people to mobilize to celebrate May Day, in a joyfyl environment of unity and commitment in the defense of socialism, under the banner of “Unity is our strength.”

There are many reasons for us to make this celebration of the global proletariat the greatest demonstration of support for our Revolution, Raúl and the Communist Party of Cuba, as well as a tribute to our historic leader, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz. This will be an opportunity to reaffirm the sacred oath to fulfill his Concept of Revolution endorsed by our people.

We will dedicate this May Day to Cuban youth, who today, as never before, stand as the continuators of the work of those who, almost 60 years ago, changed the course of our homeland’s history to make Cuba a free and independent nation, an example of sovereignty, dignity and heroism for the world.

This day will be a propitious moment to recognize the value of work, to maximize efficiency in each collective, to promote conservation to fulfill production and service plans, as well as to recognize outstanding individuals and collectives in this endeavor.

On this occasion we are invited to celebrate important events that highlight our history and traditions of struggle, such as the 56th anniversary of the victory of Playa Girón and the proclamation of the socialist character of the Revolution, the 55th anniversary of the creation of the Young Communists League and the 50th anniversary of the death of the heroic guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara, promoter of the struggle for the country's industrialization, the drive to ensure daily fulfillment of our duties, labor discipline, the quality of production, voluntary work, and the innovators and rationalizers movement.

We will highlight the example and legacy of great labor leaders such as Lázaro Peña González, Jesús Menéndez Larrondo, José María Pérez Capote, and Aracelio Iglesias Díaz, as well as the example of others who identify the highest values of our different unions and workers.

This May Day we will ratify the firm conviction that through our own effort, victories, and proven ability to fight, we will continue to carry forward the process of updating the economic and social model that we have chosen, with the objective of developing the country and achieving the welfare of the people.

These activities will promote knowledge and support in each collective for the implementation of the Guidelines from the 7th Party Congress, aimed at building a sovereign, independent, socialist, democratic, prosperous, and sustainable nation.

Once again, during the huge, colorful marches in all our plazas and avenues, we will repeat the demand of our workers for an end to the criminal and genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, and the return of the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base. At the same time we will reaffirm our solidarity with the peoples of the world who are fighting against the discriminatory policies that neoliberal capital applies in the labor sphere.

This year’s global workers’ celebration will be held in an international context in which the right is on the offensive in Latin America, attacking democratic processes and their leaders across the region.

Cuba reaffirms its support for the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan people in their struggle for sovereignty and self-determination, while at the same time expresses its decisive contribution to the consolidation of the economic, social, and cultural integration mechanisms of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), to successfully face the challenge of building a better world.


Nothing and no one will be able to stop us. The Cuban people will triumph.
Long live May Day!
Long live Fidel and Raúl!
Ever onward to victory!

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May Day Parade in Havana Marked by Music and Color

The May Day parade by hundreds of thousands of Cubans at the Revolution Square in this capital was characterized this year by new elements, including digital screens and a band with some 100 members of musical groups.

There were also people carrying blue, white and red, as the digital screens displayed images and slogans supporting the construction in this country of a prosperous and sustainable development.

The Chinese trumpet, a traditional instrument in Cuban conga, also set the pace of the march, with participants waving to salute Cuban President Raul Castro and other government officials accompanying him at the tribune near the statue of National Hero Jose Marti.

For over an hour of march, the compact crowd also carried banners demanding the end of the US economic and financial blockade and the devolution of the illegally-occupied territory of the US naval base in Guantanamo.

This year the main slogan was "For Cuba: Unity and Commitment".

Cuban educators were the first to march in recognition to their work during the Literacy Campaign, on occasion of its 55th anniversary.

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Cuban Workers Demand End to US Blockade

Cuban workers demanded an end to the blockade that the United States has imposed on their country for more than half a century, during the festivities on International Workers'' Day on Sunday.

Speaking at the inauguration of the May Day parade at Havana's Jose Marti Revolution Square, the general secretary of the Cuban Workers' Confederation (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, reaffirmed that the lifting of the blockade is an indispensable condition for the normalization of relations with the United States. In order for our relations with the United States to normalize, the financial, economic and commercial blockade imposed on Cuba for more than half a century must be lifted, and the Guantanamo territory illegally occupied by that country in eastern Cuba must be returned, the CTC leader pointed out.

He underlined that Cuba will never waive its revolutionary and anti-imperialist ideals, its foreign policy committed to just causes, the defense of the countries' self-determination and its unconditional support for sister nations.

In that regard, Guilarte denounced the maneuvers aimed at weakening regional integration processes in Latin America and destroying the achievements made by social policies implemented by progressive governments such as those of Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

He noted that the mass mobilization of workers throughout Cuba constitutes an overwhelming demonstration of the people's support for the update of the Revolution's economic and social model, chosen freely as a sovereign, independent, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable nation.

Guilarte pointed out that the agreements reached at the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), held from April 16-19 in Havana, are supported by the workers and their trade unions, and their analysis at workplaces will contribute to improving Cuban socialism.

The union leader reaffirmed the workers' commitment to improving efficiency in the generation of wealth to meet the needs of the people, increase revenues gradually, improve the quality of products and services and reduce imports.

He noted that there are major motivations this year to celebrate the Day of the World Proletariat, as there are national dates that ennoble the Cuban people's history and traditions of struggle.

Among them he mentioned the 55th anniversary of the Literacy Campaign and the declaration of Cuba as an illiteracy-free territory, the 60th anniversary of the landing of the Granma expedition and the 90th birthday of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Under the slogan "For Cuba: Unity and Commitment", the main event on International Workers' Day was held in Havana, before a mass parade of workers and their relatives in support of the Cuban Revolution.

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Raul present at May Day Rally in Havana's Revolution Square

Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (CC of the PCC) and President of the councils of State and Ministers, attends the parade for May Day at Havana's Jose Marti Revolution Square.

Raul is accompanied by Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, second secretary of the PCC and Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, and Miguel Diaz-Canel, member of the Political Bureau and First Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, along with other leaders of political and mass organizations, and guests.

More than 600,000 Havana residents and foreign friends from other parts of the world will march on this International Workers' Day, the most important celebration of the world labor movement.

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