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Al-Qamishli: Demonstrators decline to enter into dialogue with the regime

KURDWATCH, July 11, 2011—Nation-wide protests on July 8, 2011 have again yielded numerous dead and wounded. The demonstrations in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Darbasiyah, Raʾs al-ʿAin (Serê Kaniyê), ʿAin al-ʿArab (Kobanî) and in the Damascus neighborhood of Ruknuddin, inhabited predominantly by Kurds, proceeded largely peacefully. Across the entire country, the demonstrators demanded the fall of the regime. In ʿAin al-ʿArab, a great number of armed security forces prevented the large demonstration planned from taking place. In spite of this, smaller rallies took place in several quarters of the city. All of the demonstrations were united under the motto »No to dialogue [with the regime]«. The number of demonstrators in the Kurdish areas was estimated to be at between 20,000 — 25,000.
On July 9, 2011, a demonstration critical of the regime took place in Maʿbadah (Girkêligê).
Another anti-Assad demonstration had already taken place in al-Malikiyah (Dêrik) on July 7.

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