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Protests in Ankara and Istanbul after lira decline (VIDEO)

10:13, 24 November 2021
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Mass protests took place in the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul after the collapse of the Turkish lira, the Halk TV channel reported.

According to the Turkish media, the protestors urged the Turkish government and the ruling Justice and Development Party to resign. 

The protests began on Tuesday evening and took place in different districts of the capital and Istanbul. In Ankara, the police attempted to disperse the crowd using the barriers. The participants dispersed to nearby lanes, but then gathered again in the procession, Cumhuriyet reports.

A video posted on Twitter from the Kurtulus district of Istanbul shows police trying to stop a crowd of protesters by blocking off a street. In another video, the protesters can be heard chanting: "The government - resign!"

In Istanbul, the demonstrators marched in front of the Central Bank building. Some held banners that read: "You have done your job badly, you will be judged, you must resign." During the rally, people pounded pots and pans, Cumhuriyet reports.

The Labor Party (EMEP) Kadıköy District Organization also said on Twitter, "We are on the streets in Kadıköy against price increases, poverty, the capital's rule, and one-man government. 

Last week, the members of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) came out to rally amid worsening economic conditions in Izmir. They protested against the high cost of living, inflation, and low wages.

The value of Turkey’s national currency lira dropped by 15% even after the President of the country Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey will cut rates.