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Al-Qamishli/ʿAfrin: More dissident demonstrations, arrests in ʿAfrin

KURDWATCH, May 19, 2011—Approximately twenty thousand people protested for more freedom and democracy in Syria on May 13, 2011. Protests took place in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Darbasiyah, Raʾs al ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), and ʿAyn al ʿArab (Kobanî). In comparison to last Friday, fewer people took to the streets. The reasons for this were presumably the arrests of several activists prior to the demonstrations and the charges that were later brought against them. For the first time, a dissident demonstration was also attempted in ʿAfrin. It was impeded by security forces, and a total of sixteen people are said to have been arrested.

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