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Al-Qamishli: Demonstrators remember the 2004 Kurdish uprising

KURDWATCH, March 13, 2012—Nationwide protests on March 9, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »We remember the Kurdish uprising of 2004« 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), ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) und ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). One centralized demonstration took place in each of the cities of ad‑Darbasiyah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn, al‑Malikiyah, al‑Qahtaniyah, al‑Maʿbada, al‑Jawadiyah, and Ayn al‑ʿArab. A total of six demonstrations took place in al‑Qamishli in the districts of al‑Hilaliyah, al‑ʿAntariyah, Qudurbak, Kurnish, and Qanat Suwais as well as north of the city center. Security forces attacked a group of demonstrators on their way to the demonstration in al‑Hilaliyah; several people were arrested. Two demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah, four in al‑Hasakah. Security forces attacked demonstrators with billy clubs and used tear gas. Several people were detained, but were released again on 10. March 10. Among those detained were Husayn Ahmad Shaykhi, Mahmud ʿAziz, and Ahmad ʿIsa. There were no demonstrations in ʿAfrin on March 9. However, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) did organize a demonstration in the district of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo.

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