13 February 2012, Monday

Police arrest trade union activists over alleged links to Kurdish rebels

Turkish police raided offices of trade unions in capital Ankara early on Monday and arrested at least six trade union activists over alleged links to Kurdish rebels, local media reported.

Turkish police raided offices of trade unions in capital Ankara early on Monday and arrested at least six trade union activists over alleged links to Kurdish rebels, local media reported.

Police arrested at least six women, including Canan Calagan, Bedriye Yorgun, and Güler Elveren, women affairs secretaries of KESK, the confederation of public employees trade unions; SES, the health employees trade union and TÜM BEL SEN, the municipal employees trade union. Police raided the houses of the activists and searched their property, trade unions said.

Including union activists, police arrested at least 137 people in 16 different provinces around Turkey on Monday morning, pro-Kurdish Firat news agency reported. The group included members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). Currently, BDP's five parlamentarians and dozens of municipal officials including mayors are in jail over similar charges.

The crackdown came as the latest wave in a series of police operations against the alleged members of Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), which the Turkish government said it is the urban wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Ismail Hakkı Tombul, the general seretary of KESK said the arrests came just after his confederation announced an action plan for March 8, International Labor Woman's Day.

Police have raided the premises of KESK for the second time this year. Earlier, one activist of KESK was arrested in the raid.

 

ISTANBUL - Emekdunyasi.net - wires