Call to Protest against Government’s Crisis Package
The “7th Package Initiative” is starting a protest in Taksim on Tuesday, planning to increase the number of protestors every day.
İstanbul - BIA News Center
14 April 2009, Tuesday 08:18
to now the government has announced 5 packages, and they have not solved the
problems of the poor. The sixth is on its way, well, we will announce the 7th
package,” says the 7th Package Initiative, which is calling for a series of
protests, starting on Tuesday, 14 April.
7 pm on Tuesday, seven people will gather at the tramway stop in Taksim Square
and hold a one-minute silent protest.
intiative is hoping that two days after that, on Thursday, the group will have
grown to 77 people.
Saturday, 18 April, let us be 777 people and say ‘Let 7 be the last one, let 7
be the last one,” so the initiative.
23 April, the protests will spread around the country and continue until May
of the initiative are individuals who define themselves as victims of the
economic crisis. In the “7th package” they demand 7 things from the government
and local authorities:
Value Added Tax (VAT) should not be charged for
medication and basic food goods, and there should be no price increases in
these goods. Taxes, fixed charges and fund cuts on electricity, water, natural
gas, telephone and Internet bills should be abolished.
Credit card debt interest should be erased, and the
remaining debts should be repaid with a 2-year pay plan.
The minimum wage (gross income 666 TL a month) should
be doubled and not be taxed.
Dismissals should be forbidden, work hours should be
shortened without any cuts in wages.
All unemployed people should be given an “unemployment
card”, which would provide them with a 50 percent decrease in electricity,
water, natural gas, telephone and Internet bills and free-of-charge public
transport. Unemployment benefits should be raised and more people should be able
to benefit from them.
People under the poverty line who are living in rented
accommodation should be offered rent support. Urban transformation programmes
should be stopped.
Starting with the poorest, a “citizenship income”
should be paid immediately. This income should be a quarter of the minimum wage
for single persons and gradually increased for families.
The initiative is starting a signature campaign which
it will present to parliament. (EZÖ/AG)