Defiants of the ban on protesting on May Day in Turkish capital, Istanbul, had to face the ire of the local police in an attempt to march to Istanbul's Taksim Square in the form of tear-gas and water-cannons. A security lockdown forced local police in Istanbul to create manned barricades around Taksim Square, a favorite among protestors. Streets were closed to avoid a situation of unrest similar to that in 2013.
The police were quite active in the use of water cannons to make protestors run down the streets of the Besiktas neighborhood. Canisters of tear gas were also used to disperse the mobs. The mob retaliated with stones and bottles hurled at the police. Fireworks were set off to scare off the police. A local politician is of the opinion that the public's opinion is not being welcomed by the government in the wake of elections.
Quite contrary to what happens on normal days, Taksim Square was host to police buses and ambulances out to help the injured. There were satellite broadcast trucks stationed in the Square too. Tourists had to weave their way through police vans that crammed the area.
Public transport in Istanbul was disrupted because of the unrest. Helicopters were deployed to keep a vigil over the city. The local police claim to have detained around 140 people in connection with the protests. Leaders of the protestors provide an inflated account of those arrested. As many as 6 policemen and 18 protestors were among those injured in the clashes between the police and protestors.