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1 May 2007 on BBC

Nearly 600 people have been arrested in Istanbul as police launched a dramatic clampdown on left-wing demonstrators trying to hold a May Day rally.

Officers fired tear gas and used batons to stop the crowd marching to Taksim Square, where they were due to mark the 30th anniversary of “Bloody May Day”. Thirty-four people died in 1977 after a gunman fired, triggering a stampede.

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