The ancient city of Istanbul was quiet on Monday (2 May) following May Day celebrations which claimed at least 38 lives.
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Background: The ancient city of Istanbul was quiet on Monday (2 May) following May Day celebrations which claimed at least 38 lives. Two hundred people were also wounded and some 400 others detained.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of troops were in the streets on Monday, clearing up after the violence and making sure there was no more trouble. The May Day rally of about 150,000 people organised by the Turkish Disk trade union confederation, had began peacefully. But violence erupted when a group of 2,000 extreme left-wingers burst into the ranks of the marchers, shouting "freedom for Kurdistan". Relatives were in mourning on Monday as they prepared for the funerals of the victims.
During the rally the extremists were said to have opened fire and to have thrown explosives into the crowd. Armoured vehicles moved into the square as police and union officials tried in vain to stop the clashes. Many residents fear there could be more violence in the run-up to a general election set for the 5th of June.
Three policemen were killed in the fighting, including a senior police inspector. Bodies, broken glass and stones littered the streets. In the two hours of chaos the windows of fashionable hotels, banks and office buildings around the square were shattered by bullets. Cars were set ablaze causing explosions and damaging nearby buildings.
Two Turkish Ministers flew to Istanbul on Monday to open an inquiry into the bloody May Day rally. Political violence has grown in the past year in Turkey, but Sunday's (1 May) bloodbath surpassed all figures for loss of life at a political gathering in modern Turkish history. Before May Day, political violence had claimed more than 45 lives so far this year.