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EU Troika shocked by police violence in Istanbul
2005-03-07 12:02:22

Brussels, Mar 7 (CNA) -- The EU Troika has expressed concern over ''disproportionate force'' used against women and young people demonstrating in Istanbul in connection with International Women's Day.

In a joint statement they issued ahead of a Ministerial Meeting between the EU Troika and Turkey in Ankara today, EU representatives, President of the EU Council Jean Asselborn, Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, and British Minister for Europe Denis MacShane ask the Turkish authorities ''to carry out an investigation into this event to prevent similar incidents in the future''.

''We were shocked by images of the police beating women and young people demonstrating in Istanbul in connection with International Women's Day. We condemn all violence, as demonstrations must be peaceful'', the European officials stated.

They noted that ''on the eve of a visit by the EU during which the rights of women will be an important issue, we are concerned to see such disproportionate force used against demonstrators''.

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