A recent on-the-street interview by a Turkish Youtube channel has shed lights on the extend of fear that even ordinary people have been having for some time.
In an interview with Gonca Ukşul from Acik Ekran Youtube channel on Thursday, a middle-aged, gray-colored passerby shied away from speaking about the existence of an economic crisis in Turkey, underlining that he may get arrested for his remarks.
Recalling that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier reacted against those who complain about an economic crisis in Turkey, the journalist asked the man’s opinion about his economic well-being.
“There is, indeed, an economic crisis, my dear. But, let’s not talk about it much, my dear. I have a family with children. We may face consequences. God forbid we may get arrested [for my remarks],” he said.
Turkey has been facing an economic turmoil as the country’s national currency, lira has lost more than 50 percent of its value against the US dollar since the beginning of this year, triggered mainly because of Erdoğan’s tightening grip on the economy. Once again victorious in the presidential election on June 24, he appointed his son-in-law as treasury and finance minister.
The downward trend actually started way before the election as foreign investors to the economy have been long worried over Erdogan’s iron-fist in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. More than 150,000 people have passed through police custody and some 100,000 were remanded in jail pending trial since then.