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Al-Qamishli: Peaceful demonstrations in the Kurdish regions

KURDWATCH, August 15, 2012—Nationwide protests on August 10, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country demonstrators demanded the fall of the regime. In large parts of the country protestors took to the streets under the slogan »Arm us with anti-aircraft weapons«. At the Qasimo mosque in the western district of al‑Qamishli, as well as in ʿAmudah, al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), ad‑Darbasiyah, and al‑Hasakah, supporters of the Kurdish National Council and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated together under the slogan »The rights of the Kurdish people«. Additionally, in al‑Qamishli a 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 supporters of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria, which has split, and independent youth groups), and Qudurbak (organized by Arab youth groups), as well as in front of the Great Mosque in the city center. The demonstration in Kurnish was accompanied by a massive squad of security forces, but no incidents were reported. 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 in al‑Qamishli. In addition to 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 the all-Syrian slogan and the Kurdish slogan were displayed at the demonstrations not officially organized by the Kurdish National Council and the PYD. For the first time, a demonstration took place in the village of al‑Muhammadiyah near ʿAfrin. It was accompanied by armed members of the Free Syrian Army. The demonstrators carried the Kurdish and the Syrian independence flag. Due to 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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