Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas at protesters in Istanbul, where hundreds rallied to vent anger over the deaths of 10 construction employees. The workers were killed Saturday when their elevator crashed down from the 32nd floor.
More than 1,000 people gathered in the upmarket Istanbul district of Mecidiyekoy, where the accident happened, to express their outrage at what they see as Turkey’s lax safety measures on construction sites and in the workplace.
“This is not an accident, this is not destiny, this is murder!” the crowd shouted. It was the first major confrontation between demonstrators and authorities since divisive former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the presidential election and was inaugurated at the end of last month.
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