Istanbul, May 1 () - Police arrested two women attempting to open a banner, in Taksim Square, under police blockade to block the May Day celebrations.
Many police officers surrounded the women and drived by a police car, which was followed by a dog barking at it.
Istanbul’s Taksim Square and surrounding districts are on lockdown by more than 20 thousand police officers, and water cannons (TOMA) and iron crush barriers to prevent celebrations of May Day.
Authorities in Istanbul have tightened security ahead of the national holiday, with iron barricades erected in the city center.
Taksim Square has symbolic meaning for the Turkish left, as over 30 people were killed in 1977 when suspected nationalists opened fire on May Day participants from what is now the Marmara Hotel.
- Police officers rushing towards the women
- The women are being taken into the police car
- Police car driving
- Dog running and barking