Police and security forces have clashed again with rioting workers and left-wing militants in the Turkish resort city of Izmir.
GV PAN FROM Armed security troops to people entering building
SV Man with gun arresting worker
CU Police pointing gun and taking shelter behind captured worker
LV Security forces taking cover and moving in
SV Crowds blocking road and demonstrating (2 shots)
SV Arrested demonstrator with blood streaming down face
SV Demonstrators lying on ground guarded by security forces
GV Explosion on road
SV Armoured car moving over rubble blocking road
GV Burning rubble and security forces
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Background: Police and security forces have clashed again with rioting workers and left-wing militants in the Turkish resort city of Izmir. The clashes are now reported to have become an almost daily occurrence.
SYNOPSIS: Trouble flared last Thursday (7 February) when workers staging a go-slow in a state-owned factory were evicted by security forces, and later dismissed. Sixteen workers were wounded in the incident. The dispute, which began as a protest against government economic structures, quickly spread to the streets. Workers were joined by militants from underground organisations seeking an independent Kurdish state. On Sunday (10 February) fighting raged in the Gultepe slum district of Izmir, where most of the inhabitants are Kurds. Police called in security forces as gun battles broke out.
Crowds of demonstrators tried to divert police attention from sniper positions by blocking roads and burning tyres. Women and children stoned police and built barricades to help the militants escape. Fighting continued until evening and more than 500 people were arrested.
The main streets of Ankara, Istanbul and other large towns are patrolled by military police but as yet Izmir is still free of martial law. Next week Parliament is to discuss whether Izmir should become the twentieth of Turkey's sixty-seven provinces to be under material law. Following Sunday's clashes the Prime Minister Mr. Demirel called the rioters 'bandits'. he denounced communism, sabotage and treason and warned that those 'who aim to turn Turkey into another Korea, Afghanistan or Cuba will suffer'.