In Turkey the mass trial of more than 300 workers opened on Thursday (11 December).
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Background: In Turkey the mass trial of more than 300 workers opened on Thursday (11 December). The defendants were charged after the occupation of a cotton yarn factory in Izmir last February.
SYNOPSIS: Three hundred-and-seven workers appeared in court. The most serious charges were connected with the murder of three policemen and five others during the workers' occupation of a factory and later eviction by riot police. The incidents occurred last February in the then strikebound resort city of Izmir.
The judges at Izmir's first material law court heard the prosecutor ask for 9 death sentences and 10 to 30 years imprisonment for 31 defendants. He called for the released of 267 other workers.
When police stormed the cotton yard factory last February, a thousand workers were arrested. 600 were later released. The workers and occupied the factory for three days in protest against the ???ass sacking of colleagues known for their left-wing views. The occupants were given an ultimatum to end their protest, and after they ignored the call, armoured cars crashed through the factory doors and steel helmeted commandos stormed the building.
Fighting broke out between the workers and police. At least eight people died, and many others were wounded. Ten months after the incident, the trial in Izmir continues.