General strike called in Turkey amid anti-government protests

General strike called in Turkey amid anti-government protests

A general strike has been called in Turkey today (Monday) in protest at the forced eviction by riot police of hundreds of anti-government demonstrators from an Istanbul park.

Two Turkish union federations plan to stage the one-day walk-out amid a continuing crackdown against anti-government protestors

The police have blocked all roads leading to Istanbul’s Taksim Square and Gezi Park, which was occupied for 18 days by people protesting against plans for its redevelopment.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, updating its travel advice to the country yesterday, said: “Demonstrations across Turkey continue. The protests can turn violent. You should avoid all demonstrations and leave the area if one develops.

“The effects of tear gas can be felt several hundred metres beyond the immediate site of demonstrations.

“Local transport routes may be disrupted. You may wish to allow extra time for local travel, particularly airport transfers.”

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