"EU raps Turkey on police violence
Mon Mar 7, 2005 4:02 PM GMT
By Gareth Jones
ANKARA (Reuters) - The European Union has condemned the use of violence by Turkish police against women demonstrators and urged Turkey to fully implement all human rights reforms aimed at preparing the country for EU membership.
Television footage showed Turkish police kicking and beating women's rights protesters on Sunday during an unauthorised demonstration in Istanbul just as senior EU officials arrived in the country for three days of talks on Turkey's EU bid.
'We have been very concerned to see such disproportionate use of force against demonstrators,' Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told a news conference."
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