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Al-Qamishli: Demonstrators demand recognition of the Kurds

KURDWATCH, June 19, 2011—Nation-wide protests demanding the overthrow of the regime on June 17, 2011 again led to numerous dead and injured. As in previous weeks, the demonstrations in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Darbasiyah, and Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) were largely peaceful. The number of demonstrators there is estimated to have been between 10,000 and 15,000. Earlier estimates of 30,000 participants were presumably exaggerated. The demonstrators in the Kurdish region also demanded the recognition of the Kurds and the recognition of the Kurdish language as an official language in the Syrian constitution. In al-Qamishli, demonstrators attacked a school building where pictures of the president were displayed. The pictures were publicly burned, and the security services did not intervene.

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