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ʿAyn al-ʿArab: Demonstrations despite withdrawal of security forces

KURDWATCH, July 26, 2012—Nationwide protests on July 20, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »Ramadan – victory will be written in Damascus « 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 »March to freedom«. 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), and Kurnish (organized by followers of the now divided Kurdish Future Movement in Syria and independent youth groups). There was also a demonstration from the city center to Qudurbak, in which both Arab and Kurdish activists took part. Security forces quickly broke up this demonstration with billy clubs and tear gas. Three additional protests 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 two separate demonstrations, organized by the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. Two demonstrations, organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council, took place in both ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), which has been administered by the Kurdish parties since July 19 [further information on the case] and in the mainly 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), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), and Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), as well as in the mainly Kurdish district of Ruknuddin in Damascus. No protests took place in ʿAfrin. Like last week, there were no PYD attacks on participants of the other demonstrations.

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