A stampede has taken place during free potato distribution in the Eyyübiye district of the southeastern Urfa province, revealing the extent of poverty in the country.
Crowds gathered around a truck that distributed potatoes in sacks on April 17 with complete disregard to COVID-19 measures.
The Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, upon the orders of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has recently purchased potatoes and onions from farmers who couldn't sell their produce and started to distribute them to those in need.
Social media users slammed the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for causing poverty in the country following the footage of the stampede. Some Eyyübiye residents were seen trying to pick up potatoes from the ground.
"The footage of potato distribution in Eyyübiye is the summary of the situation that the people are in," main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Tuncay Özkan said.
Eyyübiye'de patates dağıtımı görüntüleri milletin düştüğü durumun özeti...— Tuncay ÖZKAN (@ATuncayOzkan) April 17, 2021
Video kaynağı: Haber Şanlıurfa pic.twitter.com/B120JxyNlz
The person who recorded the incident was heard saying, "The president's potatoes."