Protesters in the northern countryside of Aleppo broke, Tuesday, into the building of the local council and the electricity company, where they smashed contents while the employees who had previously been armed by the Turkish-backed factions in the area, fled.
Cities and towns north and east of Aleppo, areas controlled by Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, witnessed popular protests against the Electricity Company and local councils due to the increase in power prices.
The protesters set wheels on fire in front of the Electricity Company in Marea and Soran towns in the northern countryside of Aleppo, eyewitnesses told North Press.
A tent was set up in front of the local council for the protesters, and scores of residents flocked to it to condemn the decision, the eyewitnesses said.
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Two days ago, dozens of city residents protested against the decision to raise the fees of electricity, in conjunction with protests in other cities and towns in the region.
The protesters chanted against the company’s decision to raise the price of a kilowatt from 85 to 147 piasters, equivalent to (400 Syrian pounds), accusing it of theft, the eyewitness added.
The Electricity Company, which monopolizes energy in the city of Azaz in the northern countryside of Aleppo, north Syria, has armed its employees after Monday’s protests against the decision to raise the fees of electricity in anticipation of any actions that may be carried out by residents of the city.
North Press obtained footage showing one of the employees of the company with a weapon, as he signs some transactions.
In 2018, the local council of Azaz authorized the private Turkish company, AK Energy, to provide the city of Azaz and its countryside with electricity by laying high-voltage cables through the Bab al-Salama border crossing in the Sejo area, north of the city.
Since July 2012, Azaz and the surrounding villages have been controlled by Turkish-backed armed factions. This control includes security services such as the Military Police, the Civil Police, the State Security and Drug Control, some of which belong to the factions and others to the Turkish forces.
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