May 02, 2011

Istanbul Celebrates Glorious May Day in Taksim Square

The site of violent clashes in previous years, Istanbul’s Taksim Square hosted a massive and peaceful celebration of May Day on Sunday as hundreds of thousands rallied and danced to political songs by popular music groups.


Opening to Labor Day rallies last year for the first time in 32 years, the symbolic square drew hundreds of thousands of workers, laborers, civil servants and students, who chanted slogans, sang the “May Day March” and danced to the music of bands such as Grup Yorum and Kardeş Türküler, who incorporate left-wing political messages in many of their songs.

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