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Al-Qamishli: Demonstrations critical of the regime escalate in Kurdish regions

KURDWATCH, July 4, 2011—During country-wide protests on the July 1, numerous people were injured and killed. The demonstrations in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Darbasiyah, Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), ʿAfrin, ʿAyn al-ʿArab (Kobanî), Ruknuddin (a neighborhood in Damascus predominantly inhabited by Kurds), and in Shaykh Magsud and al-Ashrafiyah (two predominantly Kurdish neighborhoods in Aleppo), proceeded largely peacefully. Throughout the country the demonstrators demanded a regime change. The number of demonstrators in the Kurdish areas was estimated at between 15,000 and 20,000. During the demonstration in ʿAfrin Sher Husayn, Husayn ʿAli Muhammad, Muslim Muhammad, Barkhwadan Mustafa, Bangin Hasan, ʿAbdu Haj Batal and Muhammad ʿAli Shaykh Saydi were arrested by members of the security forces.
Already on July 30, 2011, a demonstration critical to the regime took place in al-Malikiyah (Dêrik). There was also a protest against the regime in ʿAmuda on June 30, 2011. A pro-Assad demonstration planned by the government with supporters of the regime from other cities failed when the business people of ʿAmuda closed their shops in protest and a counter-demonstration was organized in the city center. The security forces there used tear gas against the demonstrators. In the process, multiple participants were injured and had to be treated in the local hospital. A further rally critical of the regime took place in ʿAmuda in the evening. Due to the incidents on June 30, the participation in the demonstration in ʿAmuda on July 1, 2011 rose significantly compared to previous weeks.

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