Protests against electricity rate hikes

The ruling AKP party had held the price hikes, triggered by the faltering economy, in check before the elections in fear of losing votes. Once the elections were over, nearly all basic and other items are seeing increases in prices

Protests against electricity rate hikes

Halkevleri (Peoples’ Houses) organization protested the power rate hikes imposed immediately after the repeated Istanbul mayoral race elections.

Gathering in front of BEDAŞ, the electrical management utility, protesters demanded a rate cut.

Protesters, in front of the power administration offices, carried a banner that read, “You lost! Get down from people’s backs! Roll back the rate hikes!”

Reading a statement, Peoples’ Houses representative Murat Yildirim emphasized that energy is a basic right and demanded the rollback of the recent hikes. The organization is also demanding each household to get a minimum level of power for free.

Electricity is not the only item that saw price hikes after the election. The ruling AKP party had held the price hikes, triggered by the faltering economy, in check before the elections in fear of losing votes. Once the elections were over, nearly all basic and other items are seeing increases in prices.

The Peoples’ Houses representative Yildirim said, “As of July 1st, electricity utility saw a 15% raise, sugar 16%, tea 15%, and the natural gas is in the works with a similar price increase.”

He added, “They are keeping the workers’ wages low, but are increasing the prices of the items. The new conjured up Presidential Senior Consultation Group members raised their paychecks from 13,000 TL to 19,000TL. While the people are condemned to hunger and poverty the media shows us those who parade with $50,000 purse at foreign visits. Enough is enough. We refuse to struggle with the bills while you live your high life.”

The speaker was referring to the newly formed Presidential Consultants group, made up of president’s lackeys who in their very first meeting gave themselves a huge pay raise and the $50,000 price tag of the first lady’s purse she displayed in her recent visit to Japan.

The electricity distribution service was privatized in Turkey with corporations very close to the ruling AKP party receiving the rights to sell the power with hugely inflated price tags. Today, the people are paying around 3 times it costs to produce each kilowatt. The distribution corporations are raking in 143% profits from this boondoggle.

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