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Al-Qamishli: Further demonstrations—for the first time, the PYD constructs check points in al‑Qamishli

KURDWATCH, June 12, 2012—Nationwide protests on June 8, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country demonstrators united under the slogan »Revolutionaries and merchants, hand in hand to victory« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. In the Kurdish regions, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and several youth groups demonstrated under their own slogan »We demand an autonomous administration«. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais, al‑ʿAntariyah, Qudurbak, and Kurnish. Three 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, and the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria. In the late afternoon, PYD activists built two checkpoints in al‑ʿAntariyah; pedestrians and cars were searched. In ʿAmudah there were three separate demonstrations organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, as well as by various youth groups including Avahî. Four demonstrations took place in al‑Hasakah. In the early morning a small explosion near a statue of the deceased Hafiz al‑Assad damaged the statue. When demonstrators attempted to destroy the statue in the afternoon, security forces intervened and arrested several dozen people. In ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) there were two demonstrations, organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council, respectively. 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), and ad‑Darbasiyah, as well as in the majority Kurdish districts of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo and Ruknuddin in Damascus. In Ruknuddin security forces attacked demonstrators after they put up roadblocks and set fire to car tires and garbage cans.

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