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Al-Qamishli: New mass demonstrations for freedom and democracy

KURDWATCH, May 1, 2011—While nationwide protests again led to numerous dead and injured in several Syrian cities, the demonstrations in al Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), and Darbasiyah remained peaceful this Friday. Security forces observed the demonstrations, but did not intervene. In the Kurdish regions a total of around thirty thousand people took to the streets. Along with showing solidarity with the demonstration stronghold in Darʿa, the demonstrators' demands included the following: »No to Islamism and confessionalism«; »Yes to a democratic state«, »Yes to political and ethnic diversity«, »No life without native language«; »We want lifelong freedom, not a president for life«; »The regime demands the overthrow of the people«; »The people demand the overthrow of the regime«; and»Freedom for all political prisoners«.

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