A Turkish boy waves a flag with an image of modern Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk during May Day celebrations in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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Turkey braced Thursday for a tense Labor Day, with the authorities banning May 1 demonstrations on the iconic Taksim Square in Istanbul and the prime minister warning any disorder would not be tolerated.This year's planned union demonstrations will come just two months after parliament passed a controversial security bill giving the police greater powers to crack down on protests.Some 90 people were wounded and 142 arrested in May 1 clashes in Istanbul last year, with police making liberal use of tear gas and water cannon.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's administration is hugely nervous about public demonstrations following weeks of deadly anti-government protests in May-June 2013 centred on Taksim Square.
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