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ring tear gas and rubber bullets, Turkish police breaking up May Day demonstrators in Istanbul on Monday. Detaining more than 200 people around the city following protests on the annual worker's holiday. Unions had said they wouldn't attempt a march on Taksim Square, a traditional rallying point for anti-government protests, which is off-limits for demonstrators.
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But that didn't stop a group trying to reach the area, only to be met by riot police who had a heavy presence across the city. Tensions are particularly high after President Tayyip Erdogan's narrow referendum win last month gave him sweeping new powers. Since the win, Erdogan has conducted two purges targeting the police, civil service, and military.
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>> By some accounts up to a staggering 150,000 civil servants have been suspended. And just last week 10,000 police officers were reportedly suspended, 1,000 of whom were detained. Over the weekend another 4,000 public officials were reportedly sacked, including 1,000 Justice Ministry staff. With such a large number, it's highly unlikely that the suspensions and detentions would have met due process standards.
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>> Erdogan says the measures are necessary, given the security threats facing Turkey. Authorities also blocking access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia over the weekend, citing a law allowing the banning of access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.