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Al-Qamishli: Continued separate demonstrations in the Kurdish regions

KURDWATCH, September 28, 2012—Nationwide protests on September 21, 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, »Those who love Allah's prophet are being slaughtered in Syria«. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under their own slogan »The People's Protection Committees are our free will«. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of Qanat Suwais, al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by the Biratî, Rojava, Shaykh Maʿschuq 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 Munir Habib (organized by the Kurdish National Council), as well as at the Qasimo mosque in the western district (organized by the PYD). The Union of Kurdish Democratic Forces in Syria suspended its demonstrations indefinitely on the grounds that it wants to devote its energies elsewhere. Two demonstrations, organized by the Kurdish National Council and the PYD, took place in each of the cities ʿAmudah, ad‑Darbasiyah, and al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî). There were also two demonstrations in al‑Hasakah. In Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), a funeral march was held for Mahmud Wali, who was killed by unknown persons on September 21. A demonstration organized by the Kurdish National Council took place in both ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) and al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa); however few people there took to the streets. On Friday in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) there was just one demonstration by the PYD; the Kurdish National Council demonstration did not take place until Saturday. In Basuta near ʿAfrin, supporters of the Kurdish National Council and the Free Syrian Army organized joint demonstrations. There were no protests in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) or in the majority Kurdish districts in Aleppo and Damascus.


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