Turkey Cuts Power to Opposition Leader’s Home After Refusing to Pay Bills

The Leader of Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said Thursday that electricity in his home was cut off after he refused to pay the bill in protest of price increase.

“I just received the news from my wife that our electricity was cut off,” Kilicdaroglu said in a video released on his twitter account.

“I could have paid the bill, but I wanted to make my place clear in this struggle, to be the voice of those who cannot pay,” Kilicdaroglu added. 

Kilicdaroglu in February said that he will not pay his power bills until the government retracts the recent price hikes, in a move that was slammed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party as a provocation.

“I will not pay any of my electricity bills from today until Erdogan withdraws the price hikes which he signed on December 31,” Kılıcdaroglu said at that time.

A deputy chairperson of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Hamza Dag, reacted at the time and termed Kılıcdaroglu’s move as provocative and part of a year-old destructive role played by the opposition.

The Kilicdargolu protest came after electricity prices were raised by as much as 125% for high-demand commercial users and by around 50% for lower-demand households at the beginning of January.

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