In protest Turks slice up only one-dollar bills, not twenties


Turks Destroy Dollars, Break iPhones in Reaction to U.S. Sanctions

From Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Several Turks have had their share of 15 minutes of fame this week when their videos showing their furious reaction to United States sanctions went viral, as they destroyed dollars and broke their iPhones.

In one of the most popular videos, a Turkish butcher was seen "mincing" dollar bills, while a businessman from the southeastern Sanlıurfa province opted to burn them.

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As some social media users praised these "patriotic" acts, others ridiculed them, asking why all these people used one-dollar bills, while some claimed they were only after publicity.

In another popular video, a man was seen breaking several iPhones for "reis," which means "leader," referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. As he also broke other phones for two cabinet ministers sanctioned by the U.S., six young men behind him were seen calling out, "God is great."

Daily Hurriyet columnist Ertugrul Ozkok stressed in his article on Aug. 17 that the latter protester probably used either an iPhone or another mobile device with an Android operating system, which is also made in the United States, to upload the video to social media.

Ahmet Hakan, another Hurriyet columnist, also touched upon the issue in his article on Aug. 16.

"By burning your dollars, you don't even harm the United States a little bit. You harm only your own pocket," he said. ...

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