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Al-Qamishli: Mishʿal at-Tammu assassinated

KURDWATCH, October 10, 2011—On October 7, 2011 Mishʿal at-Tammu (b. 1957) was assassinated in al-Qamishli. The speaker of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria was attending a political meeting with his son Marsil Mischʿal at-Tammu (b. 1988), his brother ʿAbdurrazzaq at-Tammu, party member Zahida Raschkilo, and three other people in a house in al-Qamshli, when a group of five men entered the house and asked, in Arabic, for at-Tammu. When he stood up, they opened fire. Already lying on the floor, at Tammu was intentionally shot in his head. His son Marsil had to be operated on due to a gunshot wound to the stomach, and Zahida Rashkilo suffered a leg injury.
On September 8, 2011, at-Tammu had only barely escaped an attempt on his life KurdWatch reported]; since then he had periodically lived in hiding. Following the assassination attempt, he explained to KurdWatch:
»The regime issues the order. But, of course, acquaintances will carry out the order. The regime has many henchmen. We have received information that attempts will be made on the lives of well-known figures. It is not important who carries out the orders, what is more important is that it is the government that issues the orders. [...] When we made our stance on the regime and our stance on Kurdish participation in the Syrian revolution clear, we knew that such a thing could happen. […] We decided that we will win our freedom. Either we will win our freedom alive or we will die honorably. We will never stray from this course. [...] In Kobanî an activist was kidnapped. In Serê Kaniyê two others were beaten. In Dêrik there was an attempted kidnapping. We do not want a Kurdish-Kurdish conflict. This is a national matter, not a Kurdish one. One must take a position. [...] There are two camps: One does not want the regime to fall. The other demands the fall, which includes us, and the boys of the revolutionary groups. This is why it is believed that we are leading the protests and ruining everything.«
At-Tammus mention of the kidnappings carried out by the PYD in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) [further information on the case], Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Sêrê Kaniyê) [further information on the case] and al-Malikiyah (Dêrik) all in connection with the assassination attempt make it clear that he suspected that the PYD was behind the attack. At the same time, he wanted to avoid an inner-Kurdish conflict and emphasized that what is important is who gives the orders, not who carries them out. Shortly after the assassination of at Tammu, dissident demonstrations took place in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, al-Hasakah, and Darbasiyah. These protests also protested the assassination of Mishʿal at Tammu. The demonstrators demanded the fall of the regime and the resignation of the president. The Kurdish Patriotic Movement in Syria, a coalition of a total of eleven Kurdish parties [further information on the Kurdish Patriotic Movement] issued a declaration stating that the Syrian government is responsible for the safety of its people and demands an investigation of the case.

The demonstration in ʿAmudah:

http://www.youtube.com/v/HUlzDLcGUok

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