Hundreds of Turkish workers gather in Istanbul to protest government

10:21, February 06, 2011      

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Turkish leftists organized by Labor Party march in Istanbul on Feb. 5, 2011 to protest against the government's liberalization measures and offer support for Egyptians protesting Mubarak. (Xinhua/Ugur CAN)

Hundreds of Turkish workers marched in central Istanbul Saturday evening to protest the government's economic liberalization measures.

Around 500 people gathered in Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue at 5 p. m. for a rally organized by the Labor Party and marched down to the Taksim square, holding anti-government banners and shouting slogans such as "May the anti-worker government resign."

Guven Gercek, head of Labor Party's Istanbul office, said the popular movement in Turkey was caused by the government's " disregard" for workers after two explosions happened Thursday in Ankara's industrial zone, which killed 17 workers.

The protestors were dispersed without incident at the Taksim square.

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