Revolt against exorbitant utility rate hikes continue in Turkey: “Those who can’t afford a decent living” Rallied in Antalya

A gas lamp was presented as a solidarity award to the highest electricity bill. Nazime, who won the prize, said her power was cut off because she could not pay the electricity bill of 1,000 liras. Union of the Retired, Retired Sen of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions Antalya Branch President Belkıs Özgen gave the gas lamp prize.

Revolt against exorbitant utility rate hikes continue in Turkey: “Those who can’t afford a decent living” Rallied in Antalya

Revolt against exorbitant utility rate hikes continue in Turkey: “Those who can’t afford a decent living” Rallied in Antalya

Those who can’t get along in Antalya gathered again in Attalos Square against electricity hikes. The Gas Lamp Prize was given as the solidarity award to the highest electricity bill among the citizens who participated in the action. The citizen with the lowest bill received a plaque of success.

“Those who can’t get along” in Antalya have gathered again in Attalos Square against electricity hikes. Egitim-Sen, Educators’ union Board Member Cigdem Altintas, Antalya Halkevi President Gülkan Gülseven, and Emekli-Sen, the union of the retired board member Esat Dundar gave speeches on the impact of recent hikes, high inflation, and energy privatizations on the bills.

After the country’s power and utility structure was privatized and pro-government corporations were given the infrastructure and the rights to distribution, everybody saw unimaginable price hikes. Many people face shutting down of the utilities because the new bills, approved by the government, sometimes amount to a third or even half of the family’s income. Many protesters complained that the new bills were now approaching their rents.

The opposition progressive HDP party’s Antalya MP Kemal Bülbül and the leading opposition party CHP’s Antalya MP Rafet Zeybek also took part in the action.

Gaslamp award

A gas lamp was presented as a solidarity award to the highest electricity bill. Nazime, who won the prize, said her power was cut off because she could not pay the electricity bill of 1,000 liras. Union of the Retired, Retired Sen of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions Antalya Branch President Belkıs Özgen gave the gas lamp prize.

The participant with the lowest power bill was given a plaque of success. He said he only runs the television and the refrigerator. Antalya Halkevi Board Member Huseyin Ayçiçek presented the award to the citizen.

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