Turkish police on Tuesday detained 66 people as they attempted to mark May Day by marching in Istanbul, Cumhuriyet reported.

According to the report, 56 people were detained in Beşiktaş, six in Maltepe, two in Beyoğlu and two in the Şişli district of Istanbul.

According to the Turkish media over 26,000 police officers have been on duty during the day in Istanbul.

The Turkish government banned Taksim Square for celebrations and asked people to use the Maltepe meeting area instead.