Pa­tri­otic Turks of­fer­ing free fish, tomb­stones and hair­cuts to prop up lira

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Free hair­cuts, sci­en­tific fund­ing, fish and tomb­stones are among the in­cen­tives be­ing of­fered to Turks who an­swer Pres­i­dent Tayyip Er­do­gan’s call to con­vert their dol­lars to lira.

Cast­ing re­cent weak­ness in the Turkish cur­rency as a plot by out­side pow­ers to de­stroy the econ­omy, Er­do­gan has urged Turks to con­vert any dol­lars “un­der their pil­lows” into lira, and called on busi­nesses to do more trans­ac­tions in lo­cal cur­rency. “Since the cri­sis oper­a­tion is be­ing car­ried out through for­eign cur­rency, we must use our own cur­rency wher­ever we can,” Er­do­gan said in a speech on Satur­day, when he was open­ing a shop­ping cen­tre in Is­tan­bul. “It is now time to take hold of our econ­omy, just as we took hold of our free­dom on July 15,” he said, re­fer­ring to a coup at­tempt that failed. More than 240 peo­ple were killed.

Some shop­keep­ers and traders have re­sponded by of­fer­ing free goods and ser­vices to any­one with proof they sold dol­lars. Saba­hat­tin Bas, chair­man of Borsa Gold, a jew­eller and gold seller in Is­tan­bul’s his­toric Grand Bazaar, said he was only ac­cept­ing li­ras, to fight what he called a re­newed at­tack on Turkey by Western pow­ers who had backed the failed coup. — Reuters

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