The Democratic Union Party in Qamishlo city imposes royalties on shop owners and commercial companies, under various names and pretexts, in order to obtain the largest amount of money in its areas of control and in the shortest possible period of time.
The owner of a clothing store for Yekiti Media, in the Qamishlo market center revealed that the municipality’s employees going to the shops, to pay sums of money exceeding one and a half million Syrian pounds, under several pretexts: a financial clearance ranging from 400 thousand SYP to 800,000 SYP
– “Tax” for rent and lease ranging from 500 thousand SYP to 700 thousand SYP
– A license to practice the profession 50 thousand SYP for 75,000 – Compulsory joining the Federation of Items 50,000 SYP, not to mention the committees that impose on the people to pay support to the Gerilla forces and protection units, and in particular to money transfer and exchange companies, industry stores and gas stations, which ranged from Between $200 and $5,000.
The source, who preferred not to be named, referred to the general situation in the region, saying: “The region is going through a stifling economic crisis that it has not witnessed since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in 2011. Just as the Kurdish region has experienced a scarcity in agricultural production over the past two years due to the lack of rain and drought that it suffers from. Agricultural lands, how can this system impose its royalties, while the Syrian regime’s institutions are still demanding their annual taxes, which are equal to 5% of the PYD royalties.”
In the same context, the source added, that the PYD administration does not offer anything in return for those sums that the majority of merchants and companies refuse to pay, such as guarding shops or financial loans and even cleaning, supported by international organizations, and most of its employees are from the institutions of the Syrian regime, who have experience.
It is noteworthy that the Democratic Union Party still imposes royalties on the people of the Kurdish regions, without taking into account the difficult economic conditions experienced by its people.