Farmers in Erbil protest, call on officials to ease curfew restrictions

One of the farmers speaking to NRT channel reporter on Tuesday June 2, 2020 (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — Farmers in Erbil protested on Tuesday (June 2), calling on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Erbil governor to ease coronavirus-related travel restrictions and allow them to sell their produce at customs checkpoints.

“The prices of our products have dropped significantly because we are not allowed to sell them on the roads and in the public places and people cannot buy them from us because of the curfew,” one of the protesters said.

“The other days were normal and the prices were the same, but today the vendors do not come. Therefore, the prices have dropped and the products cannot be sold,” another protester said.

The KRG reimplemented a curfew on Monday in response to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases over the past three weeks.

The decision has proved controversial. Protesters gathered in Darbandikhan, Ranya, and Qaladze on Monday night in defiance of the curfew order to criticize the government’s handling of deteriorating economic conditions in the Kurdistan Region

(NRT Digital Media)