Thousands of workers turned out to protest the rising cost of living in Turkey and for reinstatement of thousands of public sector workers at a demonstration in Diyarbakir in the southeast of the country on the call of confederation of public services workers unions KESK.
The workers are not with the recent sharp rise of prices and continued rise in the cost of living. They were also demanding the reinstatement of tens of thousands of public sectors who were sacked after the failed July 2016 coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Some of the demonstrators praised the “yellow vests” protests in France, which started in response to fuel price rises but broadened out into anti-government protests.The Turkish economy is facing a crisis as foreign investment has plummeted in recent periods.
Turkey´s economy has been suffering from the plummeting value of the Turkish Lira, a casualty of the diplomatic strains with the United States this summer and of market nervousness towards the government´s economic policy.
Inflation surged to 25.24 percent in October, a 15-year high, before dropping back to 21.62 percent in November — but ordinary people are feeling it in their pockets. The prices are rising but wages are stagnant which making life difficult for low paid workers.
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18 August, 2019