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How Erdogan threatens the citizens

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How Erdogan threatens the citizens

There are many things that make Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Among everything that makes the metropolis unique, the Bosphorus undoubtedly stands out. It’s wonderful to live in a city with such a body of water flowing through it. Up until the 1970s, steamers and ferries were the only way to cross the Bosphorus, which forms the natural border between Asia and Europe. The first bridge connecting the two continents was built in 1973, the second in 1988. Tolls have only been levied in one direction since then. That is, we only had to pay for the trip to the Anatolian side to Asia. The almost fifty-year tradition has now been changed thanks to Erdogan. To contribute to the budget that the palace eats up, Istanbulians are now paying both ways.

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How nice if that were the only bad news to start the new year. But since January 1st, the fire in our wallets has spread even further. Electricity bills rose nearly 125 percent. With that, the price of electricity has climbed 370 percent over the past four years in the presidential system that Erdogan had promised would “take off” the economy. It was not the current that struck us, but the palace regime. Natural gas also became fifty percent more expensive on January 1st. In addition, another gas price hike is on the way to punish those cities where the majority of votes go to the opposition. The opposition electorate expects a price increase of another fifteen percent. As the? With a “green” pretext. A large part of the urban population on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts votes for opposition parties. The government argues that there is less consumption there anyway because it is warmer, and the increased price then forces people to continue saving electricity. What a brilliant idea, isn’t it?

Higher than when he took power

Fuel prices also rose nearly 40 percent last month. In 2021 alone, fuel prices went up 46 times. The price of a liter of petrol has doubled within a year. However, the government has not yet issued a statement along the lines of: “Prices have been raised to save on fossil fuels.” As you know, it is also becoming more expensive to drink alcohol in Turkey every day. Now the government has again increased the special taxes on alcohol and cigarettes in order to plug the hole in the budget. This means that smokers only consume three cigarettes from a pack of twenty themselves, while the palace smokes seventeen. Bülent Mumay : Photo: private At the beginning of the 2000s, the economic crisis caused by the centre-right governments was one of the main reasons why Erdogan came to power. He had left the Islamist party of which he was a member and founded a new party in 2001, when the crisis broke out: the AKP, which he then brought to power in just a year. When he took office, he assumed inflation of 29 percent. Under his aegis, it then fell to six percent, but today it is higher than when he came to power. According to the hotly debated figures from the state statistics agency, inflation recently rose to over 36 percent. However, real inflation is much higher. Sixty percent of citizens say prices have increased by more than 100 percent.

In God’s hands

At the time, Erdogan had come to power as a result of a crisis with promises of economic stability. For a while he was also able to increase the prosperity of the lower and middle classes. In the meantime, however, the data on the poverty index and inflation show that the situation in the country is worse today than it was in the era when he took office. According to recently published figures, the poverty index, consisting of the total of unemployment and inflation rates, exceeded 47 percent. The same index was 40 percent in 2002, the year when the AKP came to power and the effects of the 2001 crisis were felt.



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