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Al-Hasakah: At least four dead after the storming of a statue of Basil al‑Assad

KURDWATCH, February 29, 2012—Nationwide protests on February 24, 2012 resulted once again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »We will fight for you, Baba ʿAmru« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Protests also took place in al‑Qamishli, ʿAmudah, al‑Hasakah, al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), al‑Darbasiyah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). As in the previous weeks, five demonstrations took place in al‑Qamishli in the districts of al‑Hilaliyah, al‑ʿAntariyah, Qudurbak, Kurnish, and Qanat Suwais. One central demonstration took place in each of the cities of al‑Darbasiyah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn, al‑Malikiyah, and al‑Jawadiyah; two separate demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah. Two demonstrations also took place in both ʿAyn al‑ʿArab and al‑Qahtaniyah; in each case, one of the demonstrations was organized by the Democratic Union Party (PYD).
In al‑Hasakah, demonstrators in a majority Arab district attempted to topple a statue of Basil al‑Assad, the late brother of Bashar al‑Assad. Security forces shot into the crowd, killing at least four Arab Syrians; several people were injured. Protest demonstrations took place in several other districts of al‑Hasakah in protest against the actions of the security forces. Three weeks after the PYD carried out armed assaults against dissident demonstrators in ʿAfrin, the only demonstration that took place there this week was held by the PYD.

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