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Al-Qamishli: Aluji's death overshadows demonstrations

KURDWATCH, June 1, 2012—Nationwide protests on May 25, 2012 again resulted in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »Damascus, we'll see you soon« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) protested under their own slogan »Prisoners of freedom«. That Friday in al‑Qamishli there was one demonstration in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais, al‑ʿAntariyah, and Kurnish. Four additional protest marches began at the demonstrator's central meeting point at the Qasimo mosque in the western district of al‑Qamischli. The organizers were the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, supporters of the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria, as well as supporters of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria. In al‑ʿAntariyah, supporters of the Kurdish National Council attacked supporters of the Union of Coordinating Committees of Kurdish Youth in Syria. In ʿAmuda 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. Participation in the Kurdish National Council's demonstrations was especially low in al‑Qamishli; in contrast, thousands took part in the funeral march for ʿAbdurrahman Aluji, the chairman of the Kurdish Democratic Party—Syria. Aluji died of a serious illness and was buried near al‑Hasakah.

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