17 February 2012, Friday

Nine KESK activists sent to jail

A Turkish court on late Thursday arrested and sent to jail nine trade union activists over suspected links with Kurdish rebels in Ankara.

A Turkish court on late Thursday arrested and sent to jail nine trade union activists over suspected links with Kurdish rebels in Ankara.

Trade union activists, all women and members of public employees union KESK, were detained by police on Monday along with more than 100 people all around Turkey. The arrests came as part of a latest wave of police crackdown on Kurdish politicians and activists over alleged links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Five other trade union activists were released pending the trial.

Those who were sent to jail include Canan Çalağan, Nurşat Yeşil, Güler Elveren, Bedriye Yorgun, Güldane Erdoğan, woman affairs secretaries of KESK and its affiliates.

Police had raided and searched the premises of KESK and houses of activists early Monday. The confederation, which has a long history of struggle has been under threat of opression, including murder of its members in the past.

ISTANBUL - EmekDunyasi.net

 

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