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Al-Qamishli: Security forces use tear gas on demonstrators

KURDWATCH, July 28, 2011—Numerous people were once again injured or killed in nation-wide protests on July 22, 2011. Throughout the country, the demonstrators called for the end of the regime. The total number of demonstrators in the Kurdish areas is estimated at between twenty and twenty-five thousand. Security forces employed tear gas against demonstrators in al-Qamishli which resulted in several people being injured. Members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) attempted to mingle among the demonstrators using PKK flags in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, and Darbasiyah. This led to outraged reactions on the part of the other participants, since it is prohibited by the organizers of the event to show flags other than the Syrian and Kurdish flags. Similar actions by the PYD had already led to the cancellation of one anti-regime demonstration in al-Malikiyah (Dêrik) on July 21, 2011. In the past few days, security forces have stormed houses and made numerous arrests in the predominantly Kurdish Damascus neighbourhood of Ruknuddin.

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