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Al-Qamishli: Assyrians protests together with the Future Movement and Kurdish youth groups

KURDWATCH, September 20, 2012—Nationwide protests on September 14, 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 »Idlib, cemetery of airplanes and icon of victories«. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under their own slogan »The Shaykh Maqsud massacre unites us«. 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, the Assyrian youth group, and other independent youth groups), and at the Qasimo mosque in the western district (organized by the PYD). Two parallel demonstrations took place in the district of Munir Habib (organized by the Kurdish National Council and the Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria). In each of the cities of ʿAmudah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), and ad‑Darbasiyah, the Kurdish National Council held a demonstration, and in the late afternoon, funeral marches for the drowned refugees took place [further information on the case]. Among the mourners were PYD members, members of various youth groups, and members of the Kurdish National Council. In al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî) a joint-demonstration by the Kurdish National Council and the PYD took place. In ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), two separate demonstrations took place, organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council respectively. Protests took place in al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa) and in the Kurdish district of Ruknuddin in Damascus; however, few people there took to the streets. In Basuta and Burj ʿAbdalo near ʿAfrin, supporters of the Kurdish National Council and the Free Syrian Army organized joint demonstrations. Due to the large number of security forces, once again no demonstrations could take place in al‑Hasakah this week. There were also no protests in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê).

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