By AFP, May 2, 2014. Source: Al Jazeera
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets around the world to mark International Labour Day, including Turkey, Hong Kong, Russia and Indonesia.
In Istanbul on Thursday, police dispersed hundreds of protesters who tried to defy a ban on demonstrations in the city’s Taksim Square on the anniversary of clashes that prompted a nationwide protest movement.
The square has been the scene of protests that have dogged the government for months.
After giving a final warning, hundreds of riot police backed up by water cannon moved in on protesters in the Besiktas district as they tried to breach the barricades leading up to the symbolic square, an AFP reporter said on Thursday.