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Turkey’s immigration authority to deport 45 Syrians over ‘banana’ videos


Forty-five Syrian refugees who were detained after sharing videos on social media showing them eating bananas in an effort to condemn racism and discrimination in Turkey will be deported, local media reported on Friday, citing a statement by the country’s Migration Management Directorate General.

Referring to the 45 refugees, the directorate on Friday stated that they had been sent to deportation centers to be repatriated and were still there under administrative detention.

The videos were posted in protest following a street interview in which a Turk says Syrians in Turkey “buy kilos of bananas” while he can’t even afford to eat them.

In the interview, recently conducted in İstanbul’s Esenler district, several Turks are seen lashing out at a young Syrian student who says they “wouldn’t have had to come to Turkey if there was no war in Syria.” A Turkish man is heard saying: “Go back to Syria. You’re just tenants, we’re the landlords here. [But] you live in better conditions than I do. I can’t eat bananas while you buy kilos of them at farmers markets.” Continue Reading


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