A second recording of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was published Wednesday night on YouTube. In the recording, which has not been authenticated, Erdogan allegedly encourages his son to hold out for more money in a business deal.
“Don’t take it. Whatever he has promised us, he should bring this. If he is not going to bring that, there is no need,” the voice in the recording says, according to a translation by Reuters of the YouTube post by the user Haramzadeler.
“The others are bringing. Why can’t he bring? What do they think this business is? … But don’t worry they will fall into our lap,” the voice continues.
Asked by Reuters for a response, a government official said, “We are going to check whether the tapes are fake or not and no statement is planned at the moment.”
The appearance of the recording came just days after protesters took to the streets across Turkey Tuesday in reaction to the initial release of audio recordings purportedly of Erdogan ordering his son to dispose of vast amounts of cash amid a graft probe.
Thousands of people demonstrated in 11 cities, including Ankara and Istanbul, shouting anti-government and anti-Erdogan slogans, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
Police in the capital fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd, which was chanting, “The government resigns” and “Thief Erdogan.”
In Istanbul, protests were reportedly held at 10 locations, with the biggest demonstration in the district of Kadikoy, where some 5,000 people marched to the district center, carrying banners reading, “Where are the thieves?” and “You will answer to the people.”
Protests were also held in the cities of Izmir, Antalya, Antakya, Samsun, Trabzon, Eskisehir, Kocaeli, Bursa and Canakkale, according to Xinhua. Clashes between riot police and the crowds were reported in Istanbul, Bursa and Eskisehir.
The chief prosecutor’s office on Tuesday initiated an investigation into the audio recordings in question, Turkish state-run media reported, as opposition parties demanded that the government resign.
Erdogan met with Turkey’s intelligence chief shortly after voice recordings of two people — alleged to be Erdogan and his son — circulated on the Internet on Monday.
It was not clear if the probe by Ankara’s chief prosecutor was to determine the recordings’ authenticity or whether they pointed to a possible criminal act by the prime minister.
Earlier on Tuesday, Devlet Bahceli, the leader of Turkey’s far-right Nationalist Action Party, called the recordings “mind-blowing” and urged prosecutors and other judicial bodies to intervene.
The Republican People’s Party, Turkey’s main opposition, claimed to have verified the authenticity of the recordings through “three or four channels” and called on Erdogan to either resign or “flee (Turkey) by helicopter.”