Turkish police disperse protests against rising cost of living

The Turkish riot police broke up the protests in Istanbul. The demonstrators condemned the government’s economic policies and the rising cost of living.

ISTANBUL-On Wednesday, Turkish riot police broke up protests in Istanbul. Demonstrators condemned the government’s economic policies and the rising cost of living. Dozens of protesters were detained.

When the police intervened, protesters (mainly members of left-wing groups) began to gather in Istanbul’s Kadikoy district on the Asian side of the city. Demonstrators chanted slogans, demanding the resignation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

The police used shields to disperse the crowd and drag some protesters away, arousing ridicule from the onlookers.

According to an Associated Press reporter at the scene, more than 30 people were detained.

At the time of the protests, rising inflation severely weakened the purchasing power of Turks, the unemployment rate remained high, and the Turkish currency lira depreciated sharply after a series of interest rate cuts.

According to the Bergen newspaper, similar protests took place in Ankara and other Turkish cities.

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