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Al-Qamishli: PYD‑supporters attack demonstrators

KURDWATCH, May 10, 2012—Nationwide protests on May 4, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators demanded the fall of the regime. This week protests in the Kurdish regions took place under two slogans: The all-Syrian slogan was »Our constancy is our salvation«; in contrast, activists from the ranks of the Kurdish National Council (formerly the Kurdish Patriotic Conference) as well as supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took to the streets under the slogan »Zorava is not alone«. A total of five demonstrations took place in al‑Qamishli: in the districts of al‑Hilaliyah, al‑ʿAntariyah, Qudurbak, Qanat Suwais, and Kurnish. Security forces prevented a demonstration in the majority Arab district of Tay. During the demonstration in al‑Hilaliyah, PYD supporters attacked members of the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria. Several people were injured, including ʿAbdussamad ʿUmar, one of the Union's leading politicians. In ʿAmudah, there were three separate demonstrations organized by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Kurdish National Council, and by various youth groups, including Avahî. In al‑Hasakah there were four demonstrations. One central protest march took place in each of the cities of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), ad‑Darbasiyah, and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), as well as in the majority Kurdish districts of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo and Ruknuddin and Wadi al‑Mashariʿ (Zorava) in Damascus.


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