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May Day Protests Turn Violent in Turkey

Clashes broke out after a reported 40,000 riot police officers used tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to crack down on May Day protesters in Turkey.

by VICE Staff
May 3 2014, 10:06pm

In an effort to suppress May Day protests, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shut down all public transportation and roads around Taksim Square. But clashes broke out all over Istanbul after a reported 40,000 riot police officers used tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to crack down on protesters.