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5/1/15

Turkey: Istanbul police disperse May Day protesters - by Can Hasasu

Turkish police have briefly clashed with protesters in Istanbul after putting the city under a security lockdown in a bid to thwart demonstrations on a tense Labour Day.

Al Jazeera's Can Hasasu, reporting from the central Besiktas district, said about 2,000 people from leftist groups had earlier gathered there before Friday's clashes.

Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd. Protesters retaliated by throwing stones and hurling firecrackers at officers
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"The police claim they used these measures against a small group of masked men, but they later used it on the rest of the group which was peacefully demonstrating," Hasasu said, adding that the Besiktas square was cleared after the incident. 

Read more: Istanbul police disperse May Day protesters - Al Jazeera English

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