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Al-Qamishli: Further demonstrations in the Kurdish regions

KURDWATCH, August 30, 2012—Nationwide protests on August 24, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators demanded the fall of the regime. In many parts of the country, protestors took to the streets under the slogan »Don't be sad, Darʿa, God is with us«. 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 »Towards a democratic Syria«. Additionally, in al‑Qamishli, one protest 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 Syrian under Rezan Bari Shaykhmus, the Sewa youth groups, and other independent youth groups), Qudurbak (organized by Arab youth groups), and Munir Habib (organized by the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria). Participation in the latter demonstration was significantly low in comparison to previous weeks. 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). One demonstration also took place in each of the towns of Kimara and Basuta near ʿAfrin. The demonstrators carried the Kurdish and the Syrian independence flags. Both the all-Syrian and the Kurdish slogans were used at the demonstrations not officially organized by the Kurdish National Council and the PYD. For the first time since fighting broke out, a demonstration again took place in the mainly Kurdish district of Shaykh Maqsud in Aleppo. In the Kurdish districts of and Wadi al‑Mashariʿ (Zorava) in Damascus; however, no protests were organized due to the ongoing fighting in neighboring districts.


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