Demonstrations expected in Turkey on May 1, 2015

Turkey is preparing for civil unrest tomorrow on May Day (Labour Day), and authorities have warned that disorder will not be tolerated. Demonstrations at Taksim Square in Istanbul are banned. Two months ago, a controversial bill was passed giving police greater power to crack down on protests. Security is tight in Istanbul and police have put iron barricades in the city centre.

Travellers should be aware of the political tensions, and be prepared for any possible clashes in cities around the country, particularly Istanbul. Activists have stated they intend to take to the streets and defy the restrictions. To minimize safety risk, avoid any areas of demonstrations.