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Al-Qamishli: PYD and Kurdish National Council demonstrate separately once more

KURDWATCH, September 10, 2012—Nationwide protests on August 31, 2012 again resulted 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, »Loyalty to the Levant's Tripoli and the freemen of Lebanon«. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under their own slogan, »Stop your massacres«. This Friday, scarcely a month after the PYD and the Kurdish National Council began organizing joint demonstrations in many cities, only one such demonstration took place in front of the Qasimo mosque in the western district of al‑Qamishli, and only a few supporters of the Kurdish National Council took part. Additionally, in al‑Qamishli, one demonstration 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 group, and other independent youth groups), and Munir Habib (organized by the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria). In Qudurbak, security forces prevented Arab youth groups from organizing a demonstration. In ʿAmudah, there were three separate demonstrations, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. Two demonstrations, organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council respectively, took place in each of the cities of ad‑Darbasiyah, ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), and al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî). Four demonstrations took place in al‑Hasakah. In Maʿbatli and Burj ʿAbdalo near ʿAfrin, supporters of the Kurdish National Council and the Free Syrian Army organized joint demonstrations. Protests were also held in al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa) and Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), as well as in the majority Kurdish district of Ruknuddin in Damascus, although only a few people took to the streets there. According to activists, because of tensions with the PYD, there were no protests in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). Due to ongoing fighting in neighboring districts, no protests were organized in Aleppo's majority Kurdish districts.


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