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ʿAyn al-ʿArab: Arrests and search for dissident demonstrators

KURDWATCH, September 7, 2011 – On September 2, 2011, members of the Air Force Intelligence Service arrested several dissident demonstrators in ʿAyn al-ʿArab (Kobanî). The individuals in question are Salar Bakir, ʿAbdulla Hama, Haji Ramadan, Mustafa ʿAli, Ahmad Muslim, Azad ʿAbdu, and Imam Muhammad Imam. Soon after ʿAlaʾiddin Hamam, a member of the politburo of the Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî), was also arrested. Later that night, armed security forces stormed the apartments of the human rights activist and attorney Radif Anwar Mustafa (b. 1967, married, four children), the politburo member of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) Mustafa Bakir, and the human rights activist Mustafa Ahmad, alias Mustafa Khanu. The three activists are still being hunted.


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