All assemblies and political activity were banned in Istanbul and neighbouring Kocaeli Province today (June 17) under martial law proclaimed after yesterday's rioting between leftwing workers, police and troops.
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Background: All assemblies and political activity were banned in Istanbul and neighbouring Kocaeli Province today (June 17) under martial law proclaimed after yesterday's rioting between leftwing workers, police and troops. The ban is one of a series of restrictions imposed by General Kemnal Atalay, Commander of the First Army, who has been appointed military governor with full administrative powers for the month-long duration of martial law.
Three people are reported dead and more than 200 seriously injured as a result of the rioting which began over proposed changes in Trade Union law.
The march began in an orderly fashion with workers making their way up Baghdad Street towards kadikoy Square for a mass meeting. Non marchers offered their support by waving banners out of windows of nearby buildings.
The rioting broke out in front of the Fenerbahce football stadium where armed soldiers joined the melee. A police headquarters, a bank and union and political offices were among buildings damaged as a result of the rioting.
Other restrictions brought into force today as a result of the rioting include a curfew from nine o'clock at night (2100) until five a.m. (0500) and a prohibition on the possession of arms except by police and nightwatchmen. Meanwhile, in the capital, Parliament is expected to ratify the imposition of martial law today (June 17) as required by the Turkish constitution.