Erdoğan tells workers to ‘enjoy nice cup of tea’ if they ‘can’t bring home bread’

Duvar English

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a citizen who said he couldn’t bring home bread that he should enjoy a nice cup of tea, a video posted by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy chair Veli Ağbaba showed.

The footage was taken during an exchange President Erdoğan had with local bus drivers, Ağbaba noted, where the workers were telling the president of their problems.

“Workers: We can’t bring home bread!
Erdoğan: That sounds like a huge exaggeration to me. Here, enjoy this nice cup of tea,” Ağbaba noted in a tweet accompanying the video.

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Visiting the southern province for a mass opening ceremony, the president handed out bags of tea to locals from his bus.

The president’s words evoked the infamous quote of French ruler Marie-Antoinette von Österreich-Lothringen, who said that her people should eat cake if they can’t find bread.

“From France in 1789 to Turkey in 2020, from Marie Antoinette who said ‘eat cake if you can’t find bread’ to Erdoğan who says ‘enjoy a nice cup of tea if you can’t find bread,’” the deputy chair noted in a following tweet.

The Turkish Lira has been hitting record lows for over a month as it depreciates despite state intervention, reflecting Ankara’s dire shrink in foreign currency reserves.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) reported year-on-year inflation of 11.75 percent in September, although experts estimate inflation levels to be four times the official number.

TÜİK also reported unemployment of 13.4 percent in September, although the statistical institute’s credibility has plummeted due to data inconsistencies aimed at veiling the true severity of Turkey’s economic depression.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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