Turkey deports 7 Syrians after “banana video”

Turkey deports 7 Syrians after “banana video”
Turkey deports 7 Syrians after “banana video”

Turkey announced Thursday that it has arrested and will expel seven Syrians accused of mocking Turks in a video clip circulating on social media showing them eating bananas.

The Directorate General of Migration Management of the Turkish Interior Ministry warned that the video was considered “provocative” and that Syrians accused of “mocking the Turks” would be deported to their country.

The video clip was published on October 25 on social media, in which a fight between a Syrian young woman and Turkish citizens appeared in a neighborhood in Istanbul, where a man told the young woman, “You live more easily than us. I cannot buy bananas when you buy them by kilograms in the markets!”

A woman commented, “Exactly,” and tried to silence the young Syrian woman and blamed the migrants for going “every day to the hairdresser.”

The Syrian young woman tried to explain that immigrants like her buy what they can buy with their own money. The Turkish young woman replied, “Go to Syria! My killer is there. We are not fleeing from our countries, and you also must not flee.”

Following the publication of this video, Syrian refugees in Turkey filmed themselves eating bananas and the video of the fight in the background, which sparked controversy in Turkey.

Some accounts on Twitter described the video as “a mockery of the economic hardship of Turkish citizens” in the face of inflation and the devaluation of the national currency.

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