Turkish special services defused a device that was supposed to explode at a rally with the participation of the country’s president.
The bomb was found during the search of a police car, the sappers destroyed the explosive device. At that time, a rally was held in the city of Siirt with the participation of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The car following there could explode, leading to numerous casualties. Deputy head of the ruling Justice and Development Party Hamza Dag on the air of the TV channel CNN Turk is talking:
“An explosive device was planted under the car of a police officer working in Mardin, there was a plan to blow it up when he arrives in Siirt. <...> They wanted to disrupt the rally. There are those who are trying to destroy the peaceful environment.”
In Turkey, reports RIA News, there are numerous rallies of supporters and opponents of Erdogan. In the southern city of Mersin, thousands of citizens took to the streets demanding the president’s resignation amid the collapse of the national currency.
Erdogan, speaking at a rally in Siirt, claimed that more people came to his event today than to the opposition rally. He called for maintaining confidence in the national economy and pledged to stabilize the situation. According to the head of state, one of the reasons for the rapid rise in prices was the unprecedented rise in prices for raw materials on world markets.
Since the beginning of this year, the Turkish currency has fallen in price almost twice: from 7.4 lira per dollar to 13.9. On November 23, its collapse was the maximum over the past two decades – over the course of a day, the national currency collapsed by 16%.
Opposition leaders accused Erdogan of incompetence and called for early elections. However, the president strongly rejected this initiative and said that the presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey will be held on time, in June 2023.
Erdogan calls the collapse of the national currency “an economic war for independence.” The president firmly promises to win it “with the help of Allah and the support of the people.” but the country’s population is shocked… People do not know if they will be on the road tomorrow with their children. They are very worried and alarmed. As our publication previously reported, a group of 17 Turkish citizens crossed the border in the Evros delta at noon on December 1 to apply for asylum in Greece.