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Turkey: Clashes break out as police block union march00:48

Turkey: Clashes break out as police block union march

Turkey, Sisli
June 17, 2013 at 17:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Clashes break out as police block union march

The Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions in Turkey, known as DISK along side other unions called for its members to strike on Monday and took to the streets in anger at the handling of protests by the government. Though thousands attended the march, congregating in the Sisli area of Istanbul, the marchers were unable to follow their route to Taksim square as the way was blocked by police. The march came up against police barricades at which point the unions withdrew, though some leftists groups remained resulting in clashes with police.

Saturday night saw police and security services take control of Gezi park and Taksim Square - the symbolic and physical centre of the twenty-day protests that have rocked the country. Police entered the areas on Saturday evening, a day ahead of the deadline set by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Anti-government protesters have since vowed to reclaim the square.

Protests spiralled from a small peaceful sit-in at Gezi park which evolved into a nation-wide expression of disenchantment with what many citizens of Turkey view as Erdogan's authoritarian-style, evidenced by the violent methods employed towards protesters. Opposition towards Erdogan has its roots in what protesters call the "creeping Islamification" of secular Turkey.

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Turkey: Clashes break out as police block union march

The Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions in Turkey, known as DISK along side other unions called for its members to strike on Monday and took to the streets in anger at the handling of protests by the government. Though thousands attended the march, congregating in the Sisli area of Istanbul, the marchers were unable to follow their route to Taksim square as the way was blocked by police. The march came up against police barricades at which point the unions withdrew, though some leftists groups remained resulting in clashes with police.

Saturday night saw police and security services take control of Gezi park and Taksim Square - the symbolic and physical centre of the twenty-day protests that have rocked the country. Police entered the areas on Saturday evening, a day ahead of the deadline set by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Anti-government protesters have since vowed to reclaim the square.

Protests spiralled from a small peaceful sit-in at Gezi park which evolved into a nation-wide expression of disenchantment with what many citizens of Turkey view as Erdogan's authoritarian-style, evidenced by the violent methods employed towards protesters. Opposition towards Erdogan has its roots in what protesters call the "creeping Islamification" of secular Turkey.