POLITICS > Turkish minister warns workers of ‘consequences of illegal strike’


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Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Güler said the military had not been called to help end the ongoing street protests in Turkey.  DHA photo

Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Güler said the military had not been called to help end the ongoing street protests in Turkey. DHA photo

Workers joining a strike declared by several unions and organizations against the police violence during 20 days of protests will face consequences, the interior minister has said.

“I request public servants not participate in illegal actions,” Muammer Güler said while answering questions from journalists in Ankara today.

“Otherwise you will have to bear the consequences,” he said.

Five trade unions are set to begin today a nationwide demonstration campaign and have decided on a one-day strike following the harsh police intervention in Taksim the night of June 15.

The strike decision is illegal and no one has the right to disturb daily life with such protests, Güler said.

The police evacuated June 15 protesters who sought to prevent trees in Taksim Gezi Park from being cut down and the halt of a property development project there. The demonstration now has turned into a nationwide street action.
“It is hard to understand the insistence on continuing violent actions,” the minister said, calling for an end to protests, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul.


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Roger Harding

6/18/2013 1:36:16 AM

Is it leagal to sleep, eat or walk in AKP Turkey?

Penelope Parisis

6/18/2013 12:02:30 AM

"violent actions"? "illegal actions"? "“Otherwise you will have to bear the consequences." I do not understand...that's what Mr Erdogan meant when stated that EU have a different definition of Democracy??? Yes Sir we do!!!

Eric Martin

6/17/2013 11:35:38 PM

If it's illegal then consider firing them and also reconsider banning unions in government work.

Tekion Particle

6/17/2013 10:21:33 PM

Call the military and see the mighty fall flat on its face and an early elections without the AKP participation.


6/17/2013 8:34:10 PM

Born to be a terrorist , murderer he and his gangs

Michael Johnson

6/17/2013 8:10:08 PM

It should be obvious to the minister that his threats have no weight. Idle threats make you look impotent, and devoid of intelligence.

Ali Kanat

6/17/2013 5:33:28 PM

Isn't there some Turkish proverb about a camel falling over the cliff for the sake of a piece of grass?

mara mcglothin

6/17/2013 5:10:07 PM

GReat writing CILGIN and my sentiments exactly!

Misses Ataturk

6/17/2013 4:39:26 PM

Oooo you ruling party members just love your threats, don't you?..... Oh and "No one has the right to disturb daily life?" This is laughable - you disturbed the life of half of the Turkish population! No wonder this all happened!! Keep this country secular and democratic and there wouldn't be any problems!!!

Cem Ian Hanley

6/17/2013 3:40:29 PM

How can a strike be illegal. Surely it is the right of a worker not to work if he so chooses. Is opposition to the govt illegal?. You had better build a few thousand prisons then.
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