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ʿAfrin: Activists kidnapped by PYD after demonstration

KURDWATCH, June 24, 2012—On June 15, 2012, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) attacked participants carrying the Syrian independence flag at a demonstration organized by the Kurdish National Council in ʿAfrin. Three people were injured; one demonstrator's cell phone was stolen. Following the rally, three activists were kidnapped. Faramaz ʿUthman and one other person were released the same day, but Orhan Cafer remained in the hands of the PYD until June 19. Faramaz ʿUthman was allegedly beaten during the kidnapping.

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