In the city of Izmir, in Turkey, the tension among students and workers against the government's sweeping efforts to put its economic house in order, has erupted again.
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Background: In the city of Izmir, in Turkey, the tension among students and workers against the government's sweeping efforts to put its economic house in order, has erupted again. Workers in the state-run vegetable oil and grape (rosine) plant staged a work slow-down in protest against a government decision to give only one week's paid holiday this year.
SYNOPSIS: Izmir is one of the few sections of Turkey still free of martial law. The disgruntled workers staged neither a strike, nor a take-over. They simply slowed down production. And the government lost no time in sending in security forces to clear the factory.
The protest began over the decision of the short holiday, but also aggravated by Turkey's food and fuel shortage and daily power cuts to save electricity. The country's economic crisis has fuelled the fires of discontent. Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel has devalued the lira by thirty-three percent, and taken other measures to control or better the massive balance-of-payment debts.
But the austerity package also includes large increases in the price of fuel, fertilizers and many other basic products manufactured and controlled by the state. In that atmosphere, workers all over Turkey appear to be in a far from cooperative state of mind.