100 arrested in Turkish tobacco farmer protest

More than 100 protestors have been arrested in Turkey’s conservative province of Adıyaman as tobacco farmers protest the proposed banning of pre-rolled rolling tobacco cigarettes, which they believe will severely reduce their sales of raw tobacco.

The measure, included in a recent bill presented to parliament, would come as another blow to tobacco farmers in Turkey, tens of thousands of whom quit the industry after it was liberalised in the middle of the last decade.

The governor of Adıyaman blamed clashes between demonstrators and police on provocateurs and thanked what he called the “real tobacco farmers” for not supporting the protests.