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Damascus: Fewer dead and further demonstrations

KURDWATCH, April 18, 2012—During nationwide protests on April 13, 2012, the second day of the ceasefire announced by the government, fewer people died than in previous months. Nevertheless the demonstrators, who took to the streets under a common slogan »The revolution of all Syrians«, demanded the fall of the regime. Five demonstrations took place in al‑Qamishli, in the districts of al‑Hilaliyah, al‑ʿAntariyah, Qudurbak, Kurnish, and Qanat Suwais. In ʿAmudah there were three separate demonstrations, organized by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Kurdish Patriotic Conference, as well as by various youth groups including Avahî. In al‑Hasakha there were four demonstrations. Once central demonstration took place in each of the cities of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), ad‑Darbasiyah, and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), as well as in the majority Kurdish inhabited districts of Schaikh Maqsud in Aleppo and Ruknuddin in Damascus. Further protests occurred in Tall Abyad (Girê Sipî) near ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), as well as in Qabbasin (approximately 50 km northeast of Aleppo).

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