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Turkish PM calls for peaceful May 1 celebrations

Ahmet Davutoglu urges labor unions and NGOs to celebrate Labor Day peacefully in allocated areas.

Turkish PM calls for peaceful May 1 celebrations


Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called on Turkish labor unions and non-governmental organizations to celebrate the May 1 Labor Day peacefully as a festival and not resort to acts of violence.

His comments came on Thursday as the country prepares to celebrate the May 1 Labor and Solidarity Day, which was declared an official holiday by the Turkish Parliament in 2009.

Speaking as he met highway workers at the Ankara Arena Sports Hall, Davutoglu said: "I am calling on all my worker brothers; let's mark tomorrow with the atmosphere of a feast and wedding."

He also warned against "tricks" which could be played out by marginal groups and provocateurs, saying: "Let's not allow those who want to trigger chaos do so in the country before the elections."

"Together, we will not let those who seek to turn May 1 from a festival into a dark day of conflict just like in 1977, do so" he added.

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