Turkish Union Plans Demonstrations against French Insurer

(AFP)–A powerful civil servants’ trade union announced that it plans to hold demonstrations across Turkey next week to protest a decision by French insurer AXA to compensate heirs of Armenian genocide victims.

"We have made a decision to hold demonstrations in Turkey’s 81 provinces starting from next week," Memur-Sen chairman Ahmet Aksu said. He expects the protests–to be held outside AXA offices–to draw thousands of participants.

Last month Memur-Sen appealed to its 200,000 members to boycott AXA. The French company unleashed a wave of anger in Turkey after it agreed last month to settle a class action lawsuit filed by descendants of Genocide victims for $17 million.

AXA maintains that its decision was neither political nor amounted to a recognition of the Genocide.

The deal also dealt a blow to OYAK–an industrial venture representing the Turkish army pension fund–which has been AXA’s partner in Turkey since 1999.


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