- President Erdogan of Turkey said his country would boycott US electronic goods over the sanctions imposed on it the US
- He said his country would opt for indigenous products and products from other countries instead
- Following Erdogan’s statement, Turks started destroying their iPhones and other US products
Turkish men are reportedly smashing their iPhones with sledgehammers, shooting them at point plank range, and setting them on fire after their president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called for a boycott of all products produced by the United States.
The Turkish president called for the boycott in a fiery speech on Wednesday, August 15, in response to the US sanction against the country.
He warned the US that it would turn to domestically produced goods or rival firms in South East Asia in retaliation, Dailymail reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that President Donald Trump imposed the sanctions over the detention of an American pastor Andrew Brunson on terrorism-related charges.
“We will boycott US electronic goods,” Erdogan reportedly said in a televised speech.
“If (the US) have the iPhone, there's Samsung on the other side,” he said, referring to US giant Apple's phone and the top South Korean brand.
“We (also) have our Venus and Vestel,” he said about homegrown Turkish electronics brands.
Turks quickly followed his lead, destroying their American devices en-masse and posting the footage on social media in protest.
In one of the videos, Dailymail reports that a man addresses the camera while four boys kneel in front of a Turkish flag in the background, then hand him their phones so he can smash them.
The man then smashed each phone with the sledgehammer before saying: “Look now what will happen to you iPhones on the orders of Erdogan.”
He asked President Trump: “Who do you think you are?” If you threaten us with hunger you will only make us laugh. Do whatever in your power.”
In another video reported by the same news portal, Turkish Nationalist Movement Party MP Cemal Enginyurt buys a Samsung phone as his colleague throws his iPhone on the floor and jumps on it.
“The US is being dragged across the floor,” the second lawmaker said as he smashed the phone.
Other videos included a man shooting his iPhone at close range with a gun, a phone being burned in a box of matchsticks, and a boy dumping Coca-Cola down the toilet.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that President Trump said he would be willing to shut down the government if the Democrats do not give their votes for the country's border security.
He made the threat on his Twitter page on Sunday, July 29, in which he said the United States must get rid of the lottery and have a system of immigration that is merit-based.
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