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People in al-Suwayda protest high prices and declination of SYP exchange rate

Editing: Radwan Al-Homsi Kaled Abdul-hamid |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/07 11:17

Al-Suwayda - SMART

Dozens of people protested against high prices and the declination of the Syrian pound exchange rate in the Syrian government forces-controlled city of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria.

Local sources reported to SMART that dozens of people protested near the governorate council’s building, demanding to overthrow the Syrian regime. The protesters marched the city streets, denouncing high prices and holding the government responsible for declined living conditions.

The sources added that the protesters cried out, “Syrian is out homeland and it is not for al-Assad family” and, “We prefer death over humiliation.” The protesters also described Bashar al-Assad as a killer and demanded to expel the Russian and Iranian occupation from the area.

The SYP exchange rate against the United States dollar reached 2,000 SYP, which is considered the worst value in Syria’s history since the independence and the separation between the SYP and the Lebanese Lira. In 1961 the USD made two SYP, in 2019 it made 47 SYP, while in 2011 the exchange rate declined rapidly, as the SYP lost 97.5 percent of its value from 2011 until now.  

Earlier on Dec. 15, 2020, people protested against poor living and economic conditions in the Syrian government forces-controlled cities of al-Suwayda and Shahba, Southern Syria.