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Al-Qamishli: Riots on the eighth anniversary of the 2004 unrest

KURDWATCH, March 17, 2012—At 11 o’clock local time on March 12, 2012, the eight anniversary of the 2004 unrest download report], hundreds of thousands of people took part in a minute of silence to commemorate the victims. Tens of thousands subsequently participated in demonstrations 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), ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), ʿAfrin, Jindiras, and Aleppo. Security forces using billy clubs and tear gas prevented participants in the rally in Qudurbak (al‑Qamishli) from marching into the city center. The participants responded by throwing stones, at which time security forces opened fire. At the rally in al‑Hilaliyah (al‑Qamishli) security forces advanced upon demonstrators with billy clubs. Several people were injured in al‑Qamishli, including ʿAbdussalam ʿAbdulghani (b. 1995) and Nojdar Muhammad Khair (b. 1995). Numerous businesses in the Kurdish regions remained closed; security forces looted and destroyed several shops in Qudurbak and al‑Hilaliyah that took part in the boycott. In ʿAmudah, demonstrators occupied the old building of the Military Intelligence Service and threw a statue of the late president Hafiz al‑Assad from the roof. No altercations with security forces are said to have occurred.

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