Thousands of people demonstrated against Turkey’s rising cost of living in Diyarbakir in the southeast of the country, an AFP journalist reported.

There was a strong police presence in the Kurdish-majority region for the march, which was organized by the KESK, a confederation of public service workers unions, in response to sharp price rises in recent months.

They were also demanding the reinstatement of tens of thousands of public-sector employees who were fired after the failed July 2016 coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey’s economy has been suffering from the plummeting value of the lira, a casualty of the diplomatic friction with the United States this summer and of market nervousness towards the government’s economic policies.

Inflation surged to 25.24% in October, a 15-year high, before dropping back to 21.62% in November.

Some of the demonstrators praised the “yellow vest” protests in France, which started in response to fuel price rises but broadened out into anti-government protests.

– with reporting by Agence France-Presse