Workers protest after Ankara bomb

Submitted by Matthew on 14 October, 2015 - 11:58 Author: Gerry Bates

Workers struck and demonstrated across Turkey on 12 and 13 October to protest at the bombing which killed at least 97 people at a peace rally in Ankara [Turkey’s capital] on 10 October.

The Confederation of Public Sector Trades’ Unions (KESK), the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK), the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) and the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) called for a nationwide strike on 12 and 13 October.

A march in Istanbul gathered at Taksim Square at 6pm on 11 October. The Turkish left-wing activists of UID-DER (Association of International Workers’ Solidarity) report that banners included: “We know the killers!” “Call killer AKP [the ruling party] to account!”, “Long live the workers’ unity and the brotherhood of the peoples”, “Government, resign!”

The march was supported by KESK, TTB, the left-wing party HDP, UID-DER and others.

A KESK speaker challenged the government: “Persist in your war-mongering? We will call for peace. We will continue our struggle”.