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Relative calm in Turkey as union stages strike to back protesters

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Relative calm in Turkey as union stages strike to back protesters

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A night of relative calm descended on Turkey after four days of protests that left two people dead and one in critical condition.

Police and protesters engaged in a stand-off in Istanbul overnight as the Kesk trade union federation accused the government of “state terror.”

The union has announced a two- day strike. The confederation claimed the government is undermining democracy.

Schools and universities will affected along with government offices.

The unrest began on Friday after police cracked down on a demonstration in Istanbul, which quickly turned into a nationwide protest against the government.

Those opposed to Prime Minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan’s decade-long rule claim he is trying to impose Islamic reforms on a secular nation.