Thousands take to streets in Turkey over rising inflation, currency freefall

Thousands take to streets in Turkey over rising inflation, currency freefall

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Istanbul to protest against the Turkish government’s failed economic policies amid rising inflation and depreciating currency.

Protesters took part in the rally in Istanbul, Turkey’s most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub, in the first such major demonstration.

Critics blame the Recep Tayyip Erdogan government’s regressive economic policies for the freefall of the Turkish currency lira and an astonishing rise in inflation.

They question the official figures, accusing the National Bureau of Statistics (TUIK) of downplaying the poor health of the country’s economy.

Real annual inflation, according to a study by the ENAG (Inflation Research Group), which is made up of independent economists, is closer to 58 percent.

The lira has weakened 30 percent against the US dollar since late October as the central bank cut interest rates amid inflation that S&P Global Ratings describes as “high…

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