#Turks protest against #Trump: After #Erdogan called for boycott of #US #electronics, Turks destroy iPhones with hammers. "Trump, who do you think you are? Now see what happens to your iPhones. For the sake of the homeland! "In another video, boy pours #CocaCola into the toilet pic.twitter.com/blxjNc3VMf— Eli Dror (@edrormba) August 16, 2018
Turks are using their iPhones to make a point against President Donald Trump’s economic policies targeting Turkish imports.
The ongoing clash between the two countries turned into an economic war over Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American who lived in Turkey for 23 years and is being accused of espionage and being involved in a plan to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
While Brunson denies he is guilty of any of the charges brought against him, he remains under house arrest.
In response, the Trump administration pressed the Turkish government to release him, but Erdogan refused, saying the country’s justice system must be respected. Trump then imposed new sanctions against Turkish officials and raised tariffs on Turkish imports.
The Turkish economy, which had already been suffering long before this incident, is now under even greater pressure, with its currency, the lira, losing value in the world markets, despite the fact it picked up somewhat following investment promises made by Arab nations.
In response to Trump, Erdogan called on the Turkish people to boycott American products, as he also hikes tariffs on imports coming from the United States.
Taking what their president urged them to do to heart, Turks are uploading videos to social media depicting them gladly destroying their iPhones. They use fire, hammers, and even firearms in a demonstration of anger toward the Western country.
??? ????? ?????? ???????: ???? ?? ???? ????. ?????pic.twitter.com/lFdybVJwsU— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) August 16, 2018
One of the videos shows Turkish Nationalist Movement Party lawmaker Cemal Enginyurt buying a Samsung smartphone as he tells a party member to step on his iPhone. The video then shows his colleague following suit, as he says, "the U.S. is being dragged across the floor."
Ak?ll? telefon, ak?ls?z adam?n neyine?..— Gerçek Vatanda? (@Gercekvatandas) August 16, 2018
IQ'su 90 ?n alt?nda olan hiç kimseyi
Milletvekili aday? yapmayacaks?n..!
?ster Cemal Enginyurt gibi iktisatç? gazeteci,
?sterse de Burhan Kuzu gibi AY Prof.u olsun..!!!
In one of the most viewed videos, a man asks Trump, “who do you think you are?"
As four boys kneel behind him, he continues: "If you threaten us with hunger you will only make us laugh. Do whatever in your power."
He then uses a sledgehammer to destroy the iPhones the boys handed him.
"Look now what will happen to you iPhones on the orders" of Erdogan, he proudly says.
Sosyal medyada ABD'yi protesto için tekbir e?li?inde balyozla iPhone parçalanan bir video payla??ld?. "Bu reis için, bu Abdülhamit Gül için, bu Süleyman Soylu için" diyerek iPhone'lar?n parçaland??? videonun sonunda çalan ba?ka bir iPhone zil sesi dikkat çekti. pic.twitter.com/CTcLaYsZfx— dokuz8HABER (@dokuz8haber) August 15, 2018
Even Coca-Cola got the same treatment.
?????, ?? ?? ??????: ??? ???? ????? ????? ???? ??? ???? ???? ?????? ?????: Coca Colapic.twitter.com/32ByVw8Ntf— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) August 16, 2018
Unfortunately, the truth in Turkey is that Erdogan’s authoritarian regime is mostly to blame for its economic reality. Even Turks understand that, as CBS News has reported. Trump’s response regarding the jailed pastor just added fuel to the fire. However, if Trump were a considerate leader, he would understand that tariffs on Turkish products are not hurting Erdogan or his officials, but common Turks, whose livelihood is suffering because of the collapsing economy.
Banner/thumbnail photo credit: REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed