Turkey´s government had declared May Day a public holiday this year. May Day celebrations were banned in Taksim Square in 1978 after workers were allowed in to commemorate the painful incidents of the year before. From this year on, May 1 Labor Day will be celebrated again as a legal holiday. Around 5,000 people participated in peaceful May Day celebrations in Istanbul´s controversial Taksim Square on Friday for the first tim in 31 years, making a history day in Turkey. However, May Day in Istanbul turned again violent and into clashes during the demonstrations. For years, Istanbul’s famous center has been at the focus of violent clashes between the police and leftist groups and workers’ unions, who press hard to get into the square despite the usual ban on demonstrations by the Istanbul governor.
Job seekers are facing diminishing chance to find works as the number of unemployed people keeps growing. Although being skilled, having a good CV or being a university graduate used to be significant in finding a job, times are desperate and young people are really pessimistic about their future.
Almost one in three young people in Turkey is without a job and the government fears social unrest and increased ethnic tension because of the downturn. Unemployment in the country has reached 15.5 percent with almost one in three young people without a job.
Labour day on 1 May in Turkey – Fighting day for one´s rights in this bad labour market situation or official holdiday celebrating this day, but if so is there a reason to celebrate on the streets ?