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Turkish university students camp in parks to protest rent hikes

Citing trouble finding affordable housing ahead of the fall semester, student groups across Turkey are organizing campout events in protest of rising rental prices.
A student sleeps in front of Gumushane University in Gumushane, Turkey, Sept. 20, 2021.

ISTANBUL — With universities resuming in-person education next month, a growing number of students in Turkey are camping out in urban parks to protest what they say is a lack of affordable housing near their schools.

Demonstrators claim recent rent hikes coupled with limited dormitory capacity are putting pressure on students as well as renters in urban areas across the country. The protests materialized with student-led camping events in Istanbul last week and have since expanded to multiple cities, including Izmir, Kocaeli and Ankara, where police detained nine protesters Monday night.

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