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Al-Qamishli: Conflicts with the PYD again

KURDWATCH, June 28, 2012—Nationwide protests on June 22, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »If the rulers don't help, what happens to the people?« 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 »Self-defense is our right«. In al‑Qamischli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais, al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by the Biratî youth group and youth groups of the Kurdish National Council), Kurnish (organized by the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria and independent youth groups), and Qudurbak (organized by Arab youth groups). In Qudurbak, several people attacked ʿAbdullah Saʿdun, a cameraman for the Ronahî television station, which has ties to the PYD. He suffered stab wounds. 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. Although the PYD demonstration did not take place until late afternoon, dozens of PYD supporters armed with knifes and sticks occupied the square in front of the Qasimo mosque all day. In ʿAmudah, there were three separate demonstrations, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. Four demonstrations took place in al‑Hasakah. There were two demonstrations inn ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council. After PYD supporters attacked Kurdish National Council demonstrators in ʿAfrin last week, no demonstrations took place there this week. One central protest march took place in each of the districts 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 Kurdish districts of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo and Ruknuddin in Damascus.

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