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Workers' in Turkey's Van province banned from holding May Day celebrations

WORKERS in Turkey’s Van province have been banned from holding May Day celebrations tomorrow, with authorities claiming that “left terrorist organisations” plan to stir mass protests.

The governor of the province in the largely Kurdish south-east of the country has issued an order prohibiting all public marches, meetings and press conferences for a 10-day period from April 29 to May 8.

The ban follows the local elections on March 31, which saw the alliance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party and the far-right Nationalist Movement Party defeated by the People’s Democratic Party.

The governor’s office claimed that there was an “open and imminent threat,” warning that the Kurdistan Workers Party planned to provoke people into a “violent response” amid ongoing appeals against the election results.

However, contrary to the statement from the governor’s office, Public Employees Trade Union branch chair Fevzi Yaman confirmed that a May Day rally would go ahead as planned in Musa Anter Peace Park.

The Van Security Directorate said it was aware of the trade union rally and appeared to contradict the advice from the governor’s office, although it said no other events would be permitted.


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