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Al-Qamishli: For the first time in weeks protests take place without PYD attacks

KURDWATCH, July 19, 2012—Nationwide protests on July 13, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the motto »Anan, servant of Assad and Iran must be deposed« 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 »Patriotic Unity«. 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 place 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, organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council, took place in each of the cities of al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), and in the Kurdish district of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo. In al‑Hasakah there were four demonstrations. One central protest march took place in each of the cities of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), and Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), as well as in the Kurdish district of Ruknuddin in Damascus. In contrast to recent weeks, there were no known PYD attacks on dissident demonstrators. In ʿAfrin, where PYD supporters executed several critics in the last week of June, no demonstrations took place.

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