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Turkey in a Week, December 3rd, 2018

A military helicopter crashed into a residential area in Sancaktepe, İstanbul. Two officers and two uncommission officers lost their lives in the incident. Fortunately there were no civilian causalities thanks to the efforts of the crew for a emergency act of bravery to land the copter between buildings. The reason for the accident was announced to be caused by technical problems with the vehicle.

Another unfortunate event took place at the site of a viaduct construction at Gebze, a part of the Northern Marmara Highway project. A 300 tons of concrete block collapsed, killing three construction workers and seriously wounding another. This incident has only added to the already dim report on the Turkey’s working conditions. According to the İSİG’s (İşçi Sağlığı ve İş Güvenliği Meclisi / Health and Safety Labor Watch) October report, 640 workers lost their lives during the first 10 months of 2018. The report also indicates that only three of these victims of October incidents were unionized whereas the rest 174 were not.

The previous week, the European Court of Human Rights had announced its decision that the rights of Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-president of the PDP and the party’s candidate for the presidency, to elect and be elected was violated by the Turkish authorities in continuous detention since November 4, 2016. Following the decision, the defense attorneys had submitted a legal petition for the release to the Ankara Heavy Penal Court. On the other hand, President Erdoğan had hinted that the government would act in order not to release Demirtaş. And that was what happened last week. The court had rejected the petition stating that the ECHR’s decision was not finalized.

Once again presidents Erdoğan and Donald Trump met at the G20 Summit which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentine. The only issue publicly announced regarding the meeting was the issue of refugees.


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