Public strike and mass demonstrations after Turkish lira imposed in Tel Abyad

TEL ABYAD, Syria – Sources from inside Turkish occupied Tel Abyad in North and East Syria reported that the city is witnessing a general strike and closure of all the shops in protest of the recent decision to impose dealing in the Turkish lira and doubling the price of bread.

Tensions have been high in Tel Abyad and Rish Ayno (Ras al-Ayn) between civilians and the occupying factions of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA). Many of the factions within the SNA continue to harass and extort civilians.

Hundreds of the city’s residents went out in a mass demonstration in front of the headquarters of the so-called “Local Council of Tel Abyad City” and at a major roundabout, raising banners with slogans condemning what they called a “starvation policy”, in addition to verbal expressions against Wael Hamad, head of the Local Council.

On Tuesday, the council issued a circular stating the price of bread in the Turkish lira.

Sources report that the price of the bread bundle, which contains eight loaves, was previously 200 SYP. The new bread prices are listed as being one Turkish lira, equivalent to 400 SYP.

As the Syrian Pound continues to deteriorate in value, Turkey imposed dealing in the Turkish lira in the areas under its occupation and has pumped large amounts of Turkish currency into the region.