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Al-Qamishli/ʿAyn al-ʿArab: PYD and Azadî supporters attack demonstrators

KURDWATCH, October 6, 2012—Nationwide protests on 28. September 2012 resulted again 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 »Unity of the Free Syrian Army units«. Some Kurdish youth groups, including those from the ranks of the Kurdish National Council, protested under slogans that demanded federalism for the Kurdish regions. In this way, they commemorated the fact that one year ago Kurdish demonstrators first publicly raised the demand for federal structures. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated in front of the Qasimo mosque in the western quarter of al‑Qamishli and in ʿAmudah under the slogan »The Kurdish language is our official language«. In al-Qamishli, in addition to the PYD demonstration, a 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 groups, and other independent youth groups) and Munir Habib (organized by the Kurdish National Council). An Islamic-influenced activist group organized a midday demonstration in front of the Qasimo mosque. Supporters of the PYD attacked this demonstration and stole the intercom; the demonstration quickly broke up. In addition to the PYD, the Kurdish National Council and various youth groups demonstrated in ʿAmudah; thus there were three demonstrations there. In al‑Hasakah, two demonstrations took place. One protest march took place in each of the cities of al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), ad‑Darbasiyah, and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) (organized by the Kurdish National Council). In ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) masked supporters of Mustafa Oso's Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî) attacked other demonstration participants. As has been the case for several months, no Friday demonstrations took place in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) or al‑Malikiya (Dêrik); demonstrations were held during the week. In ʿAfrin and in the Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus, there were no protests.


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