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Al-Qamishli: Demonstrators remain divided

KURDWATCH, June 7, 2012—Nationwide protests on June 1, 2012 resulted once again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »Hula's children, victory torches« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. In the Kurdish regions, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under its own slogan »Maʿschuq Khaznawi, the sheikh of the martyrs«. Khaznawi was kidnapped and killed in May 2005—presumably by Syrian security forces. In al‑Qamishli one demonstration took place in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais and Kurnish. Following the attack by supporters of the Kurdish National Council on members of the Union of Coordinating Committees of Kurdish Youth in Syria last week, two separate demonstrations took place in al‑ʿAntariyah. Four additional protest marches began at the demonstrators' central meeting point at the Qasimo mosque in the western district of al‑Qamishli. The organizers were the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria, as well as the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria. In ʿAmudah there were three separate demonstrations, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, as well as 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.

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