Turkey: woman detained for protesting Erdogan with shoebox

30 December, 13:03

    (ANSAmed) – ANKARA, DECEMBER 30 - Turkish police detained a woman in the western province of Manisa yesterday after she protested against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a shoebox, in a reference to money found in shoeboxes during a major corruption operation, as Cihan News Agency reported.

    Police seized USD 4.5 million in cash in shoeboxes during the bribery raid in the house of Suleyman Aslan on December 18, the general manager of the state-run lender Halkbank. The woman, identified as Nurhan Gul, reportedly showed a shoebox from her balcony while Erdogan was addressing his supporters during a rally in Manisa’s Akhisar district. Shortly after Gul’s protest, police and bodyguards of the prime minister came and detained the woman. Gul has been released pending trial after she was taken to the police station and questioned for two hours. “I waved the empty shoebox and sat at my balcony. I did not use any word or verbal expression. Bodyguards and police came to my house after one or two minutes. They asked who waved that box. I was detained after saying it was me,” Gul said in her testimony.

    Gul added that she wanted to protest her 690-lira (233 euro) retirement salary because she thought the reason of her low salary was due to investigations into the police and prosecutors instead of defrauder and thieves. (ANSAmed).

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