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Al-Qamishli: Twenty thousand Kurds demonstrate for democracy and freedom in Syria

KURDWATCH, April 24, 2011—Nation-wide protests on April 22, 2011 resulted in numerous dead and injured in several Syrian cities, although demonstrations in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah and Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) were largely peaceful. In the Kurdish regions, a total of around twenty thousand people took to the streets, a considerable increase compared with protests last Friday. Security forces observed the peaceful demonstrations, but did not intervene. In contrast, young people who wanted to protest in al-Hasakah were attacked by security forces and dispersed. Following the demonstration in ʿAmudah, members of the State Security Service summoned several members of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) to appear. The Yekîtî members complied with the summons, but after they had waited an hour, they were sent home without being interrogated.

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