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Turkey’s state owned Turkish Petroleum International Company is facing protests after reportedly firing 850 employees Sunday via email.

About 30 dismissed employees protested the move in the province of Batman and claimed the company has not reached out to explain the details of the layoffs, Today’s Zaman said.

“We don’t know who we should address our victimization to. No one has said anything to us. They dismiss us with the low oil prices as their pretext. We have been victimized and we do not know how to make our voices heard,” dismissed worker Sait Sen told Today’s Zaman.

Laid off workers and other employees are currently planning larger demonstrations.

The company, an affiliate of Turkish Petroleum Corporation, has not commented on the dismissals or the protests.


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