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ʿAfrin: Dissident protests for the first time in months

KURDWATCH, June 21, 2012—Nationwide protests on June 15, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »Ultimate readiness for the revolution« 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, »Your massacres unite us«. In al‑Qamishli one demonstration took place in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais, al‑ʿAntariyah, Qudurbak (organized by the Biratî youth group and the youth groups of the Kurdish National Council), and Kurnish (organized by the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria and independent youth groups). 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 ʿAmudah there were also three separate demonstrations organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, as well as by various youth groups. Four demonstrations took place in al‑Hasakah. There were two demonstrations in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council. In ʿAfrin, supporters of the Kurdish National Council organized a demonstration for the first time in months. In addition to the Kurdish flag, a flag for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî) was visible. Over the course of the demonstration, the PYD attacked protesters, injuring several people. 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. Additionally, a funeral march took place in Ruknuddin in the morning as part of the burial of an Arab demonstrator who was killed on Thursday. Numerous activists and relatives of the deceased took part.

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