The insistence of the Turkish government and prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the banning of the celebration of Labour Day in Taksim Square in Istanbul have reached absurd levels.
According to the Vatan newspaper, in order to prevent demonstrations of May 1 in the most central square of the city, 39000 police officers will be mobilised across the city, of which 19 000 will safeguard the square and the surrounding streets.
In the square, there will be 50 armoured police vehicles as well as many other vehicles to deal with any event. The Turkish government has cancelled leave for all police oficers and operational exercises on how to deal with protests already have begun.
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(Photo of Erdogan: Nato)