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Al-Qamishli: Injuries at demonstrations in the Kurdish regions

KURDWATCH, February 18, 2012—Nationwide demonstrations on February 10, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »Russia is killing our children« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Protests also took place in al‑Qamishli, ʿAmudah, al‑Darbasiyah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). As in the previous week, five demonstrations took place in al‑Qamishli - in the districts of al‑Hilaliyah, al‑ʿAntariyah, Qudurbak, Kurnish, and Qanat Suwais. Security forces in al‑Hilaliyah attacked the demonstrators with billy clubs and several people were injured. One centralized demonstration took place in al‑ al‑Darbasiyah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn, and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab;there were three separate demonstrations in ʿAmudah. Following last week's armed assaults against demonstrators by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in ʿAfrin, there were no demonstrations by independent activists there. Instead, armed PYD supporters took to the streets. Participants in the funeral march that took place during the course of Sharzad Hajj Rashid's burial [further information on the case] on 12. February took this opportunity to stage dissident protests. Thousands of activists demanded the fall of the regime and the execution of President Bashar al‑Assad by hanging. Members of various Kurdish parties held speeches, and supporters of the PYD read a letter of sympathy from their chairman Salih Muslim Muhammad. Thus far it remains unclear who killed Hadjj Rashid; he was allegedly threatened by the PYD prior to his assassination.

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