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Al-Qamishli: Further demonstrations in the Kurdish regions

KURDWATCH, April 27, 2012—Despite the existing ceasefire, nationwide protests on April 20, 2012 again resulted in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators demanded the fall of the regime. Whereas in the previous week, all Kurdish demonstrators took to the streets under a unified, all-Syrian slogan, this week there were once again two slogans. The majority demonstrated under the nationwide slogan »We will win, Assad will lose«. Other demonstrators took to the streets under the slogan »Here is Kurdistan«. This slogan was in protest of the Syrian National Council chairman's remarks that there is no »Syrian-Kurdistan« [further information on the remarks]. As in previous weeks, 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‑Hasakah there were four demonstrations. One central protest march took place in each of the districts of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), and ad‑Darbasiyah, as well as in the majority Kurdish inhabited district of Ruknuddin in Damascus. Attacks by security forces against demonstrators occurred in al‑Hasakah and al‑Qamishli.

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