Teachers protesting in Turkey on Saturday were met by riot police firing water cannon and tear gas. Seven teachers were injured and one sustained head injuries caused by a gas cannister.

Ironically the teachers were protesting on Teachers' Day. The protest was called by the education union Egitim Sen, which represents all phases of the profession. Demonstraters were prevented by police from marching along the planned route in the capital Ankara.

The severe problems faced by teachers in Turkey include the failure to emply 200,000 qualified teachers under conditions where public schools are understaffed, salaries which are so low that 80% of teachers have to take another job and attacks on the democratic rights of the union, including the arrests of leading members. The attacks on the teachers, clearly seen in the video clip above are of a piece with this government hostility both to the teaching profession and its democratic right to organise.