Turkey protests over lira collapse – protesters demand government resign

“There has never been such a catastrophe in the history of the republic,” said Kemal Kilidaroglu, leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party, blaming the fall in currency against President Recep Erdogan, who has led the country since 2003.

By the evening of November 23, 13.4 lire was given for one dollar. After a record fall in the national currency, people are afraid of rising food prices.

Residents of Ankara and Istanbul took to the streets with their pots and pans to protest against the collapse of the national currency.

In the city of Batikent, near the Turkish capital, citizens chanted the slogans “Erdogan’s resignation” and “Government’s resignation”.

In Istanbul, members of the Labor Party of Turkey made a media statement in front of the Central Bank after the march. Members of the Turkish Communist Party also took part in the protests. The police closed off the Taksim square in Istanbul.

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