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Al-Qamishli: Numerous protests in the Kurdish regions—mass demonstration in al‑Malikiyah

KURDWATCH, February 22, 2012—Nationwide protests on February 17, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the motto »Popular Resistance« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Protests also took place in al‑Qamishli, ʿAmudah, al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), al‑Dschawadiyah (Çil Axa), al‑Darbasiyah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). As in previous weeks, five demonstrations took place in al‑Qamishli in the districts of al‑Hilaliyah, al‑ʿAntariyah, Qudurbak, Kurnish, and Qanat Suwais. One centralized demonstration took place in each of the cities of al‑Darbasiyah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn, al‑Qahtaniyah, and al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa); two separate demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah. Two demonstrations also took place in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab. One was organized by the Democratic Union Party  (PYD); at the second, conflicts arose between supporters of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria and the Kurdish Patriotic Conference. In al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) protestors from the Friday demonstrations joined together with participants in a funeral march taking place as part of the burial of Shavgar Salah ʿAli (b. 1992). The recruit was killed during combat operations on February 12 in az‑Zabadani. Participants in the funeral march reported to KurdWatch that between ten and fifteen thousand people had taken part in the demonstration. After the PYD carried out armed assaults against dissident demonstrators in ʿAfrin two weeks ago, only a PYD demonstration took place there this week.

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