Labor under Fire, Literally, in Turkey

ACADEME BLOG

This is from Labour Start, which promotes trade unionism internationally:

“Turkey’s first mass May Day demonstrations in Istanbul’s Taksim Square took place in 1976, with the participation of hundreds of thousands. A year later, half a million people took part — but 37 were killed by gunfire.

“No one has ever been prosecuted for this crime, and for decades the government banned May Day celebrations in Taksim. Attempts to meet there have been met by tear gas, violence and arrests.

“The violence peaked in last year when hundreds were injured.

“This year, when unions including DISK, KESK and the Chambers of Medicine and Engineers announced that they would once again attempt to commemorate May Day in Taksim, the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded by announcing a ban on the event.

“When union leaders attempted to hold a small press conference in late April (pictured here), police responded with…

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