[Marxism] Thousands protest in Istanbul, evoke Yellow Vests

Fred Murphy fred.r.murphy at gmail.com
Sat Dec 22 10:02:29 MST 2018


 “Thousands of protesters on Saturday took to the streets in Istanbul to
demonstrate against the rising cost of living and crippling inflation in

“Surrounded by a heavy police presence, the protesters held banners with
references to the "yellow vest" movement in France, which began as a
demonstration against fuel price hikes but snowballed into anti-government
protests, an AFP correspondent reported.

“The protest, organised by the KESK, a confederation of public service
workers unions, drew people from all over Turkey including the northwestern
provinces of Edirne, Bursa and Yalova, the correspondent said.

“They shouted "work, bread, freedom" and also carried banners saying "the
crisis is theirs, the street is ours" and "Haziran" which means June in

“June refers to the mass 2013 demonstrations against President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan's rule sparked by the planned redevelopment of Gezi Park in

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