Thursday, November 1, 2012

"Antakya’s streets are empty!"

'A Bazaar in Southeastern Turkey, care of Recep Erdogan'
[Milliyet] "...Mehmet Acikgoz, who has owned a clothing shop for 48 years, says: “There can't be more unemployment than this.”

He adds: “It’s not just the foreigners; even Turks are not shopping anymore. Everyone is worried when we see deployments of tanks around us. We used to have customers coming from Jordan and Lebanon. They also stopped coming. Our trade has dropped by around 70%. We have only one or two customers per day. There used to be shuttles to Aleppo every 15 minutes. The Syrians used to shop to amounts of 1,000-1,500 Turkish Lira [$557-$836]. Sometimes a single person would spend our weekly revenue.”.."

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