May 1st Labor Day; a day of unity, solidarity and struggle against injustice; is celebrated all around the World. Mayday, accepted as a public holiday in many countries, was celebrated formally for the first time in Turkey, in 1923.
34 people lost their lives during the events that took place at Mayday demonstrations on Taksim square, in 1977.
32 years after that awful day that is often referred as the bloody Mayday, celebrations were allowed to take place just for once, but the square was forbidden for public demonstrations again in the following years.
On Mayday, 2015, all roads leading to the square, which was declared forbidden for public demonstrations by the decision of the governorship, were blocked by the police. People, insisting on reaching at the square faced police barricades. People were trapped in the alleys by pepper gas and rubber bullets, excessively used by the police force and 203 demonstrator were detained.