Thousands protested in Turkey against poverty


The economic crisis in Turkey is provoking reactions with thousands protesting today against the accuracy and reduction of purchasing power. In particular, more than 5,000 demonstrated in Istanbul in response to the call of the unions.

At a rally organized by the main unions, protesters protested against the fall of the Turkish pound and the inflation that reached in November, according to official data, 21.31% on an annual basis, data that are disputed by the opposition. reason for inflation close to 58%.

Do not mock the intelligence of the working class

“We are getting poorer every day and more, but everything is going well according to the gentlemen who run the country. We say that we can no longer meet our needs, TUIK pretends that inflation is only 21%. (…) Do not make fun of the intelligence of the working class! “, Stressed Arzu Tserkezoglou, president of DISK (Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions) in her speech during the demonstration.

“We no longer have the means to take good care of our family. (…) We can not make it anymore “, says Simbel Cilic, a worker in a car parts factory who came to protest.

The requests

The protesters mainly demanded the increase of the net minimum wage, which is currently 2,825 pounds (179 euros), to 5,200 pounds (331 euros).

There were also slogans calling for the resignation of the government.

“The government has to leave because, in order to fill its pockets, it is emptying ours. That is why we are on the road, to say it is enough now “, said Fatma, working in the municipality.

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