[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a protest against US President Donald Trump, who has increased the steel tariffs from Turkey, people from the country are taking to social media to publicly destroy products made by popular American companies. A lot of videos have gone viral on social media platforms where Turks can be seen smashing their iPhones.
According to a DailyMail report, people are resorting to such drastic measures to show their support for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has increased tariffs on goods imported from the United States. People are also putting up posts in which they damage other products like Coca-Cola bottles, and dollar notes. And it seems they gathered these products only to smash them on camera.
The hashtag #TurkeyWillPrevail accompanies most of these videos.
In a popular video, a man can be seen breaking several iPhones for “reis,” (leader) referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. As he also brakes other phones for two cabinet ministers sanctioned by the US, six men behind him call out, “God is great.”
In another video, a butcher can be seen mincing US dollar bills, while another man decided to burn them!
President Erdoğan had vowed Turkey would boycott US electronic goods in retaliation to sanctions amid a deepening crisis between the two sides over the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, reports Hurriyet daily. “If they have iPhone, there is Samsung on the other side. We have Vestel’s Venüs in our country. These are the measures we will adopt,” Erdoğan had said on August 14, referring to a Korean and Turkish brand.
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