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Al-Qamishli: Number of demonstrators in the Kurdish regions has grown

KURDWATCH, November 15, 2011—Nationwide protests on November 11, 2011 again resulted in many dead and injured. Throughout the country demonstrators united under the slogan, »We demand that Syria’s membership in the Arab league be frozen« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Protests also took place in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Darbasiyah, and Raʾs al-ʿAyn.
In ʿAmudah two parallel demonstrations again took place. Representatives and supporters of the Kurdish Patriotic Conference in Syria organized one demonstration, the other one was organized by independent youth groups. In contrast, in al-Qamishli, all of the Kurdish groups protested together. Before the protest, independent activists and the Kurdish Patriotic Conference had agreed to forego partisan banners. In both cities, the number of demonstrators was allegedly higher than in recent weeks.
During the demonstration in al-Qamishli, conflicts arose between independent activists and PYD supporters, as some of the demonstrators carried banners criticizing the National Union of the Forces for Democratic Change, of which the PYD is a member. The PYD demanded that the activists take down the banners. The activists refused and instead called for PYD supporters to roll up their flags. When they also refused, fights resulted between the two groups, during which the PYD flags were torn down. PYD supporters later visited the home of one of the activists involved and threatened him should he continue to act against the PYD.


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