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Al-Qamishli: Further demonstrations, further PYD attacks

KURDWATCH, July 6, 2012—Nationwide protests on June 29, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the motto »We believe in God's 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 »Women's Councils are the guarantor of a free society«. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais, al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by the Biratî youth group and Kurdish National Council youth groups), Kurnish (organized by the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria and independent youth groups), and Qudurbak (organized by Arab 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. 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. In ad‑Darbasiyah there were two demonstrations organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council. Four demonstrations took place in al‑Hasakah. 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), and Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) as well as in the Kurdish districts of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo and Ruknuddin in Damascus. In ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) and ʿAfrin, armed PYD supporters again attacked opponents of the regime [further information on the case] so that they could not carry out their planned demonstrations.

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