Newly emerged video footage shows the moment Turkish police used excessive force against a group of protestors who were protesting the government restrictions ahead of the International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day.
In the 35-second video, viewed hundreds of times on Twitter, a group of at least 20 civilians were assaulted by a group of police officers and taken into custody for publicly protesting the government bans.
According to the Evrensel daily, the protestors were affiliated with TÜM Automotive and Metal Labour Union (TOMİS). The protestors were recently laid off from their jobs due to their membership in the unions that are critical of the Turkish government.
Bakırköy Özgürlük Meydanı'nda 1 Mayıs'a çağrı yapmak isteyen Tüm Otomotiv ve Metal İşçileri Sendikası üyeleri polis tarafından engellendi
— Evrensel Gazetesi (@evrenselgzt) April 21, 2021