The World Federation of Trade Unions, on the behalf of its 92 million members in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its firm solidarity and support to the 16 residents who have been taken into custody in Kirazpınar, Gebze including Erdal Kopal, head of organization department of Nakliyat-İş trade union.
The residents living in Kirazpınar have been resisting against the unlawful demolition of their houses for months. The resistants, some of whom are Nakliyat-İş members, say they struggle against unjust and unlawful pillage and destruction of their houses.
In spite of the counter decisions made by two different administrative courts, the district governorship of Gebze insists on demolishing the houses inhabited by workers and poor people in Kirazpınar.
Today, the district governorship of Gebze attempted to demolish the houses and the residents were attacked by the riot police forces with atni-riot water cannon vehicles and tear gas. Some of the resistants were injured and 16 residents were taken into custody including Erdal Kopal. We protest against this arbitrariness and custody implemented by the district governorship of Gebze.
Erdal Kopal and the other residents should be released at once!
As class oriented world trade union movement, we firmly support the right of workers for modern and proper housing. Moreover, we strongly condemn the police oppression against the poor workers in Kirazpınar.