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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish National Council and PYD organize joint demonstrations

KURDWATCH, August 10, 2012—Nationwide protests on August 3, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country demonstrators demanded the fall of the regime. In large parts of the country, protesters took to the streets under the slogan »Dair az‑Zawr, victory comes from the East«. At the Qasimo mosque in the western district of al‑Qamishli, as well as in ʿAmudah, al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) and al‑Hasakah, supporters of the Kurdish National Council and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated together under the slogan »Kurdish unity«. Additionally, in al‑Qamishli a demonstration took place in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais, al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by Biratî youth group and Kurdish National Council youth groups), Kurnish (organized by supporters of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria, which has split, and independent youth groups) and Qudurbak (organized by Arab youth groups). In Kurnish demonstrators were attacked by security forces. In addition to the protest march held by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council, a demonstration by the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria began at the Qasimo mosque. Aside from the joint demonstration by the Kurdish National Council and the PYD, various youth groups also held a protest march in ʿAmudah. A total of four demonstrations took place in al‑Hasakah. One protest march took place in each of the cities of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), and Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). Both slogans were displayed at the demonstrations not officially organized by the Kurdish National Council and the PYD. For the first time in months, youth groups were able to organize a demonstration in al‑Basuta near ʿAfrin; they protested under the all-Syrian slogan. Due to the ongoing fighting in neighboring districts, there were no demonstrations in the majority Kurdish districts of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo and Ruknuddin in Damascus.

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