This current repression brings to mind a similar reaction against a rally, held in Taksim Square on 1 May, celebrating Labour Day as was the case in many other places around the world. The ETUC supports those who are fighting for the respect of democratic social and trade union rights and against creeping authoritarianism in Turkey. The ETUC Executive Committe calls on the Turkish Government to respect fundamental international rights and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The ETUC will stay in close contact with its affiliates to determine what action to take, if necessary, to ensure the respect of these rights in Turkey.
The ETUC notes positive signal from parts of the Turkish Government to engage in dialogue.