Kurdish civilians are showing their own retaliation to the atrocities meted at Syrian civilians and the recent action of Turkey to come forcefully onto Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.
The heart of the campaign is Sulaymaniyah, also called Slemani, is a city in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
Responding to activists’ calls, the Kurdish civilians living in Iraq are now boycotting all Turkish goods.
The activity is being extended to music and performing arts as well, in order to send off a clear and strong message to Turkey, that such kinds of atrocities and humiliation will not be tolerated.
Currently, the masses in Iraq have boycotted Turkish imported goods which comprise fruits, plastic goods, beauty products, etc.
It is worth noting that Turkey meets Iraq’s import needs of more than $8 billion goods every year through its autonomous Kurdish north.
The running sentiment is that if ‘we can’t reach the front lines to fight the Turkish government with arms, so our weapon is a boycott of Turkish goods.’
It is confirmed that activists in the northeastern city have distributed flyers in markets encouraging consumers to pass on Turkish products and are lobbying retailers to halt those imports altogether.
This has been exclusively been reported by AFP. The thread of thought running also crosses the emotion that every penny spent in buying anything Turkish is actually transforming into a bullet to hurt fellow Kurdish people in Syria.
Currently, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces which were left to fend for themselves, as the US withdrew an eight-year-long association overnight, have backed these boycotts.
They hold the territory attacked by Turkey. Sirwan Mohammad heads Sulaymaniyah’s chamber of commerce.
He has commented that “Decreasing the flow of Turkish products in the markets “will not affect citizens because there are still goods from the Gulf, Iran, and Europe — plus from the region and the rest of Iraq flooding our markets. We can afford to do without them.”
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