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Al-Qamishli: Kurds call for a boycott of parliamentary elections

KURDWATCH, May 10, 2012—Kurdish parties, activists, and youth groups called for a boycott of the Syrian parliamentary elections on May 7, 2012. The Kurdish National Council announced this decision in a press release on May 5, 2012 and called on its supporters to take part in rallies and demonstrations to condemn the circumstances under which the elections are taking place. »It cannot be that elections are being carried out while at the same time in many locations in our country, civilians are being shot at with heavy artillery«, ʿUmar Kalo, a member of the Kurdish National Council's media office, explained to KurdWatch. The Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria, the Kurdish Future Movement, and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) also called for a boycott of the elections.

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