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ʿAfrin: PYD forces the construction of a checkpoint by kidnapping activists

KURDWATCH, June 11, 2012—On June 3, 2012, members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) surrounded the village of Basuta in the district of ʿAfrin and kidnapped seven activists from the local coordinating committees. Violence ensued, with intelligence service employees intervening on the part of the PYD. One person was injured. Prior to the kidnapping there had been a conflict between village residents and the PYD: The residents had refused the construction of a PYD checkpoint in their village. The kidnapped victims were released on June 2012 after villagers agreed to the checkpoint. Intelligence service employees were present at the checkpoint's construction.

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