Turkish miners relaunch protest march: We yell because we’re angry, hungry!

Osman Çaklı – Cihan Başakçıoğlu / DUVAR

Miners who wished to march to the capital in the Central Anatolian province of Karaman to demand months of unpaid wages were met with a gendarmerie blockade on Oct. 26.

Workers from Ermenek set off on their march on Oct. 12, joined by miners from the western province of Manisa who were seeking to be granted severance pay for the Soma Mining Disaster of 2014.

The Ermenek miners had been camped out in Güneyyurt Square in the province to draw attention to their cause, as they aim for an 18-day protest to commemorate the 18 workers who were killed in a mine flood in 2014.

In a video depicting the gendarmerie officers telling the workers to stop their march, one officer is seen yelling at the demonstrators.

“We are angry. We are hungry, that’s why we’re yelling. You can’t yell,” a worker is seen telling an officer.

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Chairman of Turkey’s miners’ union Maden-İş Tahir Çetin said that the workers would perform a sit-in in front of the gendarmerie blockade until they were offered a legal solution or allowed to march to Ankara.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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