Turkish riot police have used tear gas and water cannon to prevent protesters from staging a banned May Day rally in the centre of Istanbul.
The authorities say 505 people were arrested and several were hurt as crowds tried to reach Taksim Square. Stones and bottles were thrown at security forces and police wearing gas masks broke up the demonstrators.
The Turkish government banned May Day celebrations in and around the square after 34 people died in 1977. Turkey’s three main union confederations had announced they would try to hold a rally, but eventually they gave up because of the clashes.
Police set up barricades around the square to enforce the ban, imposed after officials said they had received reports that radicals were planning violent protests. Local media said six police and an unknown number of demonstrators were injured.
Too much about turkey leading towards democracy. It took only hours to prove how many wrong things there are in this Asian country!
Classic comic hero Dan Dare fired the imagination of young Britons in the 1950s and heralded the birth of hi-tech Britain, an exhibition at the London Science Museum reveals.
A British-built nuclear bomb and a prototype of the BT Tower are on display as part of the show. The museum says the Eagle comic’s space hero not only reflected but influenced the UK’s wealth of inventions during the 1950s and 60s. Portable televisions and radio alarm clocks are among the collection, capturing the upbeat spirit of Eagle.
I always loved those funny spaceships and I have to admit I always found funny the film they made inspired by Dan Dare sometime in late 80s!
Hundreds of thousands of Cubans are attending a May Day parade in Havana honoring the world’s workers.
President Raul Castro, who succeeded his ailing brother Fidel in February, is attending the celebrations. He did not address the crowds. Raul Castro, 76, has introduced a series of reforms since becoming the leader of the Communist state. But he has also made it clear that there will be no political reforms to the one-party system.
Oh man, May Day with ten hours speech from Fidel? Will never be the same again!
The Iranian government is protesting remarks from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who said the United States could “totally obliterate” Iran if it made a nuclear attack on Israel.
The mullah’s run Islamic Republic News Agency said Iran sent a letter of protest, dated Wednesday, to the United Nations and the U.N. Security Council over remarks it calls “provocative, unwarranted and irresponsible.” Clinton told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran (if it attacked Israel).”
“In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them,” Clinton said. “That’s a terrible thing to say, but those people who run Iran need to understand that, because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish and tragic.”
At least she didn’t lie! By the way, do the cleric dictators of Iran and their puppet president think that Obama will do any different?
There has been outrage in Italy after the outgoing government published every Italian‘s declared earnings and tax contributions on the internet.
The tax authority’s website was inundated by people curious to know how much their neighbors, celebrities or sports stars were making. The Italian treasury suspended the website after a formal complaint from the country’s privacy watchdog. The information was put on the site with no warning for nearly 24 hours.
Berlusconi crazy era is getting closer in Italy. Let’s see what else we are going to see!
Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organization from using the term “lesbian”.
The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally. The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians. Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece’s third biggest island – plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos?
The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world. He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos’s inhabitants.
Are they all Lesbians? Sorry it was a natural question but perhaps they are somehow in a very twisting way right on their question!
Iraqi deputies have denounced the government, using a quotation from the Koran to describe Prime Minister Nouri Maliki as “depraved“.
The criticism came from the bloc of MPs who support the Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr – which once backed Mr. Maliki. Iraqi troops and US-led foreign forces have been engaged in bloody battles with Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Moqtada Sadr over recent weeks.
Nine people died on Thursday in a Baghdad bomb blast aimed at US troops. The death toll also rose in the sprawling Baghdad district of Sadr City. In the latest violence, US forces said they had killed at least 16 militants, while heath officials said eight people had been killed overnight.
Deprave = Morally corrupt; perverted. Strong words for somebody so ….big failure and corrupted!