Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would not let unions stage a May Day rally in Istanbul's Taksim Square, where huge protests took place last year, in an announcement that may set the scene for fresh clashes there.That violence was followed by mass protests that spread across Turkey late last May, in one of the biggest challenges to Erdogan's rule since his AK Party came to power in 2002 .Last summer's anti-government protests were triggered by an environmental demonstration against the redevelopment of Gezi Park, which adjoins Taksim Square.Erdogan said the state had designated places were rallies could be held, including an area of reclaimed land overlooking the Marmara Sea, where the prime minister's AK Party staged a large rally in its campaigning for the March 30 elections.
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