Protesters took to the streets of Turkey’s capital Ankara and the country’s largest city, Istanbul, demanding the resignation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government due to soaring inflation.
On Tuesday night, protesters marched along the streets of the Çankaya community in Ankara, where most of the Turkish government buildings and government agencies are located.
They chanted “Istifa” (Resigned) and Erdogan’s ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Many people whistled and beat pots and pans to make noise.
The protests took place during the escalating currency crisis. The Turkish lira rose from US$0.1 to US$0.078 in the past week, marking its worst decline since 2018.
Erdogan defended his government’s monetary policy, saying he would not participate “A game of currency, interest, and price increases,” But will continue to implement his own economic plan.
“With the help of Allah and our people, we will win this war of economic independence,” The Turkish President added.
The turmoil spread to Istanbul, which was ruled by Erdogan’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) at the national level.
One of the videos shared on social media showed that riot police clashed with protesters in the Kurtulus neighbourhood of Istanbul.
People walking on the streets of Kurtulus in Istanbul are chanting the resignation of the government and the resignation of Erdogan. Taksim Square was sealed off by the police. 1 USD = 13.00 Turkish Lira 1 Euro = 14.36 Turkish Lira #Hükümetİstifapic.twitter.com/Af2olxBJYV
-PARTİZAN Yunnan (@partizanGreece) November 23, 2021
Istanbul is by far the largest city in Turkey. Recently, a series of political conflicts have occurred between CHP and AKP due to allegations of corruption and misconduct.
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