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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish National Council is mobilizing fewer supporters

KURDWATCH, May 23, 2012—Nationwide protests on May 18, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »The Heroes of the University of Aleppo« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) protested under their own slogan, »Martyrs of Freedom«. This past Friday in al‑Qamishli there were demonstrations in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais, al‑ʿAntariyah, Qudurbak, as well as in the city center, in the immediate vicinity of several intelligence service headquarters. Three additional protest marches began at the demonstrator's central meeting point at the Qasimo mosque in the western district of al‑Qamishli. The organizers were the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and supporters of the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria. Security forces attacked demonstrators in Qudurbak and in the city center. In ʿAmudah there were three separate demonstrations organized by the 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‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), ad‑Darbasiyah, 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. For the first time in weeks, a PYD demonstration took place in ʿAfrin. Overall participation by Kurdish National Council supporters in the Kurdish regions is currently in decline.

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