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Al-Qamishli: Security authorities interrogate activists after demonstration

KURDWATCH, April 27, 2011—Following the dissident demonstration on April 22, 2011, Syrian security authorities arrested and interrogated numerous activists in the Kurdish regions. Nawaf Hasan Rashid, a member of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) who was arrested by members of the State Security Service on April 23, remains in prison. All other activists from al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah and Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) who were arrested between April 23 and 25 were released from custody within a few hours. Prior to their release, they had to confirm in writing that they would not take part in any more dissident demonstrations. Otherwise, as one activist told KurdWatch, they would be charged with membership in an Islamist organization or with causing unrest under order of a foreign government.

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