Street artist exposes Turkiye’s ills News

ANKARA: A mock tombstone in the park designating the death of Turkish democracy. A poster on a lamppost suggesting people eat cake in the face of the national currency’s collapse.

The works of a Turkish street artist have become emblematic of the subversive forms of grassroots protest emerging against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s two-decade rule.

The 34-year-old Hikmeti Tabiyeci — a pseudonym meaning “physicist” in Ottoman-era Turkish — draws inevitable comparisons to the British superstar Banksy.

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