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    Turkish parliament approves May 1 as official holiday

    Hurriyet Daily News
    23 Nisan 2009 - 13:14Son Güncelleme : 23 Nisan 2009 - 13:58

    ISTANBUL - Turkish Parliament approved the amendment, declaring the May Day as official holiday late on Wednesday. (UPDATED)

    Turkey banned all celebrations or party meetings in Taksim Square in 1977, after 36 people were killed during May Day celebrations when still-unidentified gunmen opened fire.

     

    The incident is seen as a turning point in Turkish history and an important event that paved the way for the military coup in 1980.

     

    The number of national holidays in Turkey increased to 14.5 days, with the approval of May 1 amendment.

     

    May Day celebrations brought the Turkish unions and government to a loggerhead in 2008, in which the security forces' disproportional use of force drew harsh reaction from different segments of society, including labor unions.

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