Yet, this symbolic decision has brought much more controversy question in many people’s mind: Is Taksim going to be open for the May Day Celebration? Since the location, Taksim Square, has become specified with the May 1, 1977 which has been called as ‘Bloody May 1’ with 36 deceased and numvers of incidents of workers, following celebrations has connoted to commemorate those young demonstrators in its very meaning. Though the absence of any official claim about the Taksim Square’s situation as ‘No Mand’s Land’ on the government side, the unions such as DISK, KESK, TMMOB, TTB and also Turkish Communist Party (TKP) declared that they will be in Taksim on this Friday. Yet, President Abdullah Gül compensated this intense situation by saying that Taksim Square must be open for unions.
Another hot debate on this issue is that whether or not the security forces use disproportionate force against the demonstrators. Because in last year’s celebration, zero-tolerance strategy of the municipality and police forces in Taksim is stil alive in memories of most people. It is obvious that this is not the first violent act by the security forces –and unfortunately it won’t be the last- escalating tension between police and demonstrators seems here to stay because the head of Security Directorate Oğuz Kaan Köksal said that the police will still use unidentified-helmet. This means that ‘unidentified violence’ might have seen in Friday’s demonstration.
All in all, it can be said that this year’s May Day celebration seems to held in much more tense situation wherein unemployment, economic crisis, loss of faith in politics are becoming more crucial topics in people’s everyday agenda.