Ankara, Oct 11 () - Turkey’s labor movement bodies called for mourning of three days and general strike of two days, following the twin Ankara bombing striking the whole country, on Oct. 10.
“To protest the fascist massacre and to commemorate the death of our friends, we are now in mourning for 3 days. The general strike will be on October 12 and 13” said the joint statement of labor unions including the Confederation of Progressive Labor Unions (DISK), Public Workers Labor Unions Confederation (KESK), Chamber of Engineers and Architects and the Medical Association of Turkey (TTB).
President of KESK, Lami Ozgen urged, “There is only one common call from all who are here. They have massacred those who called for peace, who demanded peace now. This will not prevent us from struggling for peace and to stop the war!”
The president of Confederation of Progressive Labor Unions (DISK), Kani Beko added, “We are not unfamiliar with these massacres. On May Day 1977, in the town of Maraş and Sivas, and recently the killings in Diyarbakir and Suruç, we have seen similar attacks. We have lost our friends here, in a meeting that was authorized 20 days ago. We will continue struggling until this fascist AKP government and the tradition of murders are held accountable. We will be following the developments until they are held responsible.”
Medical Association of Turkey (TTB) also made a statement where Dr.Huseyin Demirdizen said, “While the physicians the Health Workers Union were calling for blood donations, the government announced there was no need for blood. If the health workers were not already in the meeting ground the number of deaths and wounded would have been much higher”.