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Al-Qamishli: Violence against demonstrators, one detained

KURDWATCH, February 23, 2012—On February 20, 2012, approximately twenty-five activists tried to hold an unauthorized rally in front of al‑Qamishli’s city hall. The police quickly broke up the event, using billy clubs and kicking demonstrators. The activist and student Iwan Muhammad al‑Tahir (b. 1987), member of the Syrian SAWA Coalition, was arrested; the criminal investigation department is currently holding him in custody.

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