Woman sustains cerebral trauma in police crackdown on Teachers’ Day protest march
Teachers all across Turkey came to Ankara to participate to the march called by the teachers’ union Eğitim-Sen. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZHundreds of teachers faced a police crackdown on Nov. 23 as they joined in a march in Ankara to protest the government’s policies on education on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. Seven protesters were injured during the crackdown, while one female teacher sustained cerebral trauma due to the impact of a gas canister fired by the police.
The teacher, Aslı Akdemir, has been transferred to the hospital. Doctors said although severe, her injury wasn’t life-threatening.
Police chased the protesters in side streets surrounding Kızılay Square. Two people were detained, the daily Hürriyet reported.
Tension on education rose this week after the government announced plans to change the status of test prep institutions, known as dershanes, transforming them into private schools. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said they would not back down on the measure, criticizing the test prep institutions for favoring the high-income families. Some of the teachers participating to the march chanted slogans against the privatization of education.