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Turkey to deport Syrian migrants over ‘provocative’ banana posts [watch]


Oct 28, 2021

Turkey on Thursday announced the arrest and planned expulsion of seven Syrian migrants over social media posts showing them eating bananas.

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The state migration service said the posts were “provocative” because they allegedly made fun of the economic hardships being experienced by many Turks.

The service said the seven have been arrested and will be deported back to Syria.

The incident highlights rising anti-migrant sentiment in Turkey during a new wave of economic turbulence that has seen inflation spike and the value of the lira drop.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is now home to five million refugees and migrants – most of them from war-torn Syria.

Bir Türk vatandaşının “Biz muz yiyemiyoruz” demesinin ardından Suriyeliler TikTok’ta “Muz yeme” akımı başlattı.
Çok sayıda Suriyeli, Türk halkının yaşadığı ekonomik sıkıntılar ile muz yiyerek dalga geçmeye başladı. pic.twitter.com/noIPDBedVf

— Aykırı (@aykiricomtr) October 25, 2021


The scandal over the bananas started when a video went viral earlier this week showing a man in Istanbul shouting at a young Syrian woman and accusing migrants of “having have an easier life than us.”

“I can’t eat bananas and you buy them by the kilogramme on the market,” the man says as an angry crowd gathers around the woman.

Some Syrians in Turkey responded by launching a protest movement against discrimination in which they posted videos showing them eating bananas.

The altercation occurred two months after a mob of men attacked the shops of Syrian migrants in the capital Ankara. That violence was sparked by a street fight in which a Syrian migrant allegedly stabbed a Turkish man to death.

Turkey is deporting at least seven Syrians for “provocatively” sharing images while eating bananas on social media after a Turkish citizen complained that he can’t afford the fruit https://t.co/rCPXk3fLTq

— Bloomberg Middle East (@middleeast) October 28, 2021

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