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Al-Qamishli: Daily demonstrations since the beginning of Ramadan

KURDWATCH, August 8, 2011—Nationwide protests on August 5, 2011 again resulted in numerous dead and injured, especially in the city of Hamah. The number of dead is estimated to be at more than 2,000 since the beginning of protests in mid-March. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »God is with us« and took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. In al‑Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Darbasiyah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), between 20,000 and 25,000 people took part in the protests. Several arrests allegedly occurred. Following considerable criticism, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) no longer participated in the demonstrations as it had in the previous two weeks. In ʿAyn al‑ʿArab, a large number of armed security forces prevented the planned mass demonstration from taking place. Instead, smaller demonstrations took place in several districts. Since the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan, protest rallies have regularly taken place following the evening prayer—not only in the Kurdish regions, but also in other parts of the country.


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