Turkish police broke up a protest tonight against government policies and the rising cost of living in Istanbul and arrested more than 30 protesters.
Protesters began gathering in Istanbul’s Kadika district, located in the Asian part of the city, when police intervened.
Protesters demanded that the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan resign.
Security forces deployed to the streets of #Istanbul last night as ppl come out en masse to denounce Erdogan & his right wing AKP govt as “looters and profiteers”. Protesters are shouting “AKP to the grave” and “All Power to the People”.pic.twitter.com/8qNSym6F5a
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More than 30 people have been detained, Associated Press reporters said from the scene.
Demonstration in several cities of Turkey this evening against the rise in the cost of food and raw materials linked to the fall of the Turkish currency / here in Izmir#government resignpic.twitter.com/NJRi0HnbLr
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The protest comes amid rising inflation that has severely undermined Turkish purchasing power, high unemployment and a record lira fall following a series of interest rate cuts.
Since the beginning of the year, the Turkish currency has lost 70% of its value.
Police officers detain a young man during a protest against the economic crisis and high cost of living in Istanbul, on November 24, 2021. Bulent Kilic / AFP pic.twitter.com/obTtTjT8jU
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Last week, the Central Bank reduced the interest rate, as a measure of currency stabilization and inflation, from 16 to 15 percent.
Protests were also held in Ankara and other Turkish cities, Birgun reported.
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