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ʿAfrin: Numerous demonstrators injured and others arrested

KURDWATCH, October 16, 2011—Nationwide protests on October 14, 2011 again resulted in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country demonstrators united under the slogan »The Free Armed Forces« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Protests also took place in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Darbasiyah, Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), ʿAfrin, and ʿAyn al-ʿArab (Kobanî). In ʿAfrin security forces stormed the largest protest organized by politically independent activists to date and beat the participants. Many of them suffered injuries. More than twenty demonstrators were arrested, including Muhammad Hasan Kurd, Goran Ahmad, Anwar Simo, Muhammad Haji, and Muhammad Shaykh Sidi. A demonstration organized by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî) also took place in ʿAfrin. The approximately 1,000 participants demanded cultural rights for the Kurds; security forces did not intervene.

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