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Al-Malikiyah: PYD also attacks demonstrators in al‑Malikiyah

KURDWATCH, July 12, 2012—Nationwide protests on July 6, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »People's Liberation War« 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 »ʿAfrin is not alone«. 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. In ʿAmudah there were three separate demonstrations, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. Two demonstrations took place in both ad‑Darbasiyah and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council. In al‑Hasakah, there were four demonstrations. 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. After the organized attacks by PYD members on demonstrators in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) and ʿAfrin on 29. June [further information on the case], no demonstration took place in ʿAfrin this week. In ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), however, dissident demonstrators once again took to the streets this week. In al‑Malikiyah, PYD supporters attacked members of several youth groups as well as other demonstration participants. They fired into the air and forcibly took away a utility van equipped with speakers, flags, and banners.

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