Education International (EI) has issued a statement supporting the days of action which are taking place all over the world this weekend in supporrt of the protesters in Turkey. EI has joined other global union federations in condemning the police repression in Turkey, which has led to thousands of people being injured, four deaths and many arrests.

Trade unionists all over the world are demonstrating this weekend outside Turkish embassies. The statement from the Global Union Federations demands that the Turkish authorities:

  • End violence and repression against peaceful protests and to address their demands;
  • Hold those responsible for the thousands of injured people and the deaths of Mehmet Ayvalıtaş, Abdullah Cömert, Ethem Sarısülük and Mustafa Sarı accountable, and to prosecute them before the law;
  • Guarantee the right to freedom of assembly in all public areas, including Taksim square; and remove all the legal barriers against the exercise of fundamental labour rights;
  • Ensure that trade unionists who exercise their right to freedom of assembly are not dismissed;
  • Immediately release citizens who have participated in the protests peacefully, including KESK members, and drop all charges against them;
  • Ensure that injured protestors have access to adequate health care; and
  • Stop prohibitive measures against the use of social media.