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    Opposition seeks no-confidence vote against Turk PM

    Hurriyet English with wires
    07.05.2008 - 12:33 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey's main opposition party tabled a motion to censure the prime minister for allegedly encouraging police to use excessive force on Labor Day demonstrators.

    The Republican People's Party (CHP) accuses Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of violating workers rights, encouraging the police to use force and endangering public order.

    The motion, submitted on Wednesday, is likely to be voted on in the coming weeks. It has, however, no chance of passing because Erdogan's party holds the parliamentary majority.

    Thousands of police in riot gear fired water cannons and tear gas canisters and charged at demonstrators trying to march to Istanbul's Taksim Square. The Turkish government, who rejected the unions’ demands to celebrate May Day in Taksim, has been under fire for the events resulting from the extraordinary security measures taken.

    Observers say the Turkish government rejected calls to remove the ban fearing that the May Day celebrations would turn into a huge anti-government rally.

    The EU called on Tuesday for an investigation into the biggest outbreak of labor unrest in years.     

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