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Al-Qamishli: Ten thousand Kurds take to the streets for freedom again

KURDWATCH, April 17, 2011—In nation-wide protests on April 15, 2011, participants again demanded freedom and democracy, some calling for the fall of the regime. All of the protests, including those in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Darbasiyah, al-Malikiyah (Dêrik) and Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), were largely peaceful. In the Kurdish regions a total of around ten thousand people took to the streets. In ʿAmudah, representatives of the Kurdish parties asked their supporters not to take part in the protests.
Eleven Kurdish parties, the nine parties of the Political Council, the two parties of the Democratic Alliance and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), had met in al-Qamishli the day before. In a joint statement, the parties declared the demonstrations in Syria to be legitimate, but did not themselves call for such protests. A representative of the Future Movement told Kurdwatch that during the session his party had pushed for the Kurdish parties to give up their wait-and-see attitude and mobilize for demonstrations, but the suggestion was rejected. During the demonstrations, a representative of the Future Movement allegedly received a phone call from the Political Security Directorate in Damascus. He was told that the Intelligence Service was aware that the Future Movement had supported the demonstrations.

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