Three deputies of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) have hung a giant banner on Istanbul's July 15 Martyrs' Bridge, previously the Bosphorus Bridge, to ask the government about what happened to the $128 billion that went missing from the Central Bank's FX reserves.
CHP deputies Ali Mahir Başarır, Sera Kadıgil and Mahmut Tanal hung the banner on May 16 in response to the government's failure to provide a plausible explanation to what happened to the money in question.
"Good morning, we're asking where the $128 billion went from here too," Başarır tweeted.
Günaydın buradan da soruyoruz 128 milyar dolar nerede ✌️ pic.twitter.com/SavrmA0pdI— Ali Mahir Başarır (@alimahir) May 16, 2021
Police officers were quick to ask the CHP deputies to take down the banner.
"We didn't let the police take our banner. We took it down ourselves. We may use it in the future," Tanal said.
The CHP has been asking where the missing $128 billion dollars in Central Bank's foreign exchange reserves were spent as part of a political campaign that drew a harsh rebuke from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Erdoğan and the AKP accused the CHP of lying and went as far as to prepare a cartoon that depicted the main opposition headquarters as a "lie production center."
The CHP's banners asking the fate of the money have also been taken down by police across the country.
Erdoğan has previously denied that there's a gap in Central Bank's foreign exchange reserves, saying that the money got into circulation.