Riot police detain a union member during a protest against the government ban of May Day gathering in Taksim square in central Istanbul April 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Thousands of people are expected to defy a government ban to gather on Istanbul's highly symbolic Taksim Square Thursday, a year after May Day clashes helped launch a nationwide protest movement.Violent protests between police and protesters on May Day last year were followed weeks later by protests that snowballed into one of the biggest challenges to Erdogan's rule.Taksim Square was only opened to May Day rallies in 2009, ending a three-decade ban brought on by a May Day bloodbath when unknown gunmen fired on a peaceful crowd, killing 33 people.Just weeks after last year's May Day clashes, a relatively small movement to stop redevelopment of Istanbul's Gezi Park -- adjacent to Taksim -- grew into a nationwide wave of anti-Erdogan protests that killed eight people before losing momentum.
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