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Al-Qamishli: Again tear gas against demonstrators

KURDWATCH, August 1, 2011—Numerous people were once again injured or killed in nation-wide protests on July 29, 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. As in the week before, security forces employed tear gas against demonstrators in al-Qamishli which resulted in several people being injured. Moreover, members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) attempted once more 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.

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