May Day reclaimed in Turkey

May Day reclaimed in Turkey

By the Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet (DAF)

This year, as in previous years, we celebrated May Day in Taksim Square against all prohibitions of state, all violence of police, and all efforts of capitalists.

One week before May Day this year, the Turkish state declared that it would not allow us to hold demonstrations in Taksim Square (as they did in past years). The Turkish state offered another place for the “celebration of May Day.” This “demonstration space” became a discussion between revolutionary organizations.

Although there was a “legal celebration for May Day” in Bakırköy, the revolutionary organizations went to Taksim Square. In 1977, a bloody May Day event occurred here, so this square has become a symbol of resistance.

As the Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF), we were in the square from the early hours of May 1, 2016. Three DAF members, who are also members of the Construction Workers Union, were in the square with the placard that read “Fight, street, resistance; Long Live May Day” at 8:30 a.m. They managed to get into the square from the building site nearby. They were taken into custody by police.

At 10 a.m., the DAF cortege was in Mecidiyeköy where the march to Taksim started. We walked against the prohibition of the state with our placard that read “To Anarchist Revolution With Action.” We kept walking with the Construction Workers Union against the restrictions of the capitalists. The police tried to block the march with tear gas, plastic bullets, and violence. Three comrades were brutally taken into custody by police.

We have not participated the “May Day celebration of the state,” and we will not. They will not keep us from our struggle. We will keep on struggling against the state and capitalists.