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Al-Qamishli: Supporters of the Kurdish National Council attack youth group

KURDWATCH, June 2, 2012—On May 25, 2012, supporters of the Kurdish National Council attacked members of the Union of Coordinating Committees of Kurdish Youth in Syria—itself a member of the Kurdish National Council—during demonstrations that the Council had organized in the al‑ʿAntariyah district of al‑Qamishli. The Union's banners were torn up and its members were told to leave the demonstration. The conflict was triggered by the fact that the Union was demonstrating under its own name. Although the Union's supporters left to carry out their own rally, violence broke out only a short time later. Members of the Kurdish National Council confirm that the banners were torn up, but deny the violence. A supporter of the Kurdish National Council told KurdWatch, »If the Union of Coordinating Committees does not want to demonstrate under the name of the National Council, then I do not understand why they would take part in our rally. I also do not understand why they want to be a member of the National Council, but at the same time release statements against the National Council.« On the other hand, a member of the Union of Coordinating Committees of Kurdish Youth in Syria said: »It is regrettable to see how some Kurdish activists use methods similar to those of the regime in order to restrict the freedom of others. There is no provision that prohibits members of the Kurdish National Council from participating in demonstrations under their own name. We hope that leading politicians of the Kurdish National Council will condemn the incidents.«

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