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Al-Qamishli: PYD celebrates beginning of PKK's armed struggle

KURDWATCH, August 26, 2012—Nationwide protests on August 17, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators demanded the fall of the regime. In large parts of the country, demonstrators took to the streets under the slogan, »In the unity of our Free Army lies our victory«. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) and several youth groups protested under the slogan »The advancement of August 15«, which refers to the Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) first military attack against Turkey on August 15, 1984. Additionally, in al‑Qamishli protests took place in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais, al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by the Biratî, Rojava, Shaykh Maʿshuq and Martyr Farhad youth groups), Kurnish (organized by supporters of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria under Rezan Bari Shaykhmus, the Sewa youth groups, and other independent youth groups), Qudurbak (organized by Arab youth groups), as well as at the Qasimo mosque in the western district of al‑Qamishli (organized by the Kurdish National Council and the PYD) and in Munir Habib (organized by the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria). PYD supporters organized a concert in »Support of the Revolution of West Kurdistan« on the soccer field in al‑Hilaliyah, for which Kurdish artists from Europe traveled to attend. Representatives of the Kurdish National Council also took part in the concert. In ʿAmudah, various youth groups held a protest march in addition to the joint demonstration of the Kurdish National Council and the PYD. 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). Overall, the PYD was less present at the demonstrations than in previous weeks. Due to ongoing fighting in neighboring districts, there were no demonstrations in the mainly Kurdish districts of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo and Ruknuddin in Damascus.

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