Polisen slog ner massprotester som utlöstes av sjunkande valuta — RT World News

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Scenes of police in full riot gear trying to suppress protests have come in from Istanbul as more people take to the streets of Turkey, outraged by the lira’s record fall.

Officers wearing helmets and shields are seen blocking streets in Istanbul, while police in light equipment infiltrated the crowds and forcibly dragged away some protesters, in images from RT’s video agency Ruptly.

There was a massive police presence when people flooded the streets of the Turkish city on Wednesday, denying the government’s handling of the financial crisis. While many took part in the protests, thousands of others lined up at petrol stations due to the rapidly rising fuel prices. Many more bought US dollars in a panic. Others invested money in electronic products, while some companies stopped selling in the country in the midst of soaring inflation.

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The concern comes as a result of the Turkish lira falling to record lows and losing as much as 45% of its value this year – about half of this occurred this week. On Tuesday alone, it dropped 15% on the US dollar, but recovered as much as 7% on Wednesday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defends interest rate cuts – part of his government’seconomic war of independence. ”

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