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Al-Qamishli: PYD protests in memory of Öcalan's arrest

KURDWATCH, October 18, 2012—Nationwide protests on October 12, 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 »The freemen of the coast are carving out our victory«. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under the motto »We congratulate Leader Öcalan on his resistance«. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of 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, 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). In ʿAmudah there were three separate demonstrations, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. Three demonstrations also took place in al‑Hasakah. Two demonstrations, organized by the Kurdish National Council and the PYD, took place in each of the cities of ad‑Darbasiyah, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), and al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî). A protest organized by the Kurdish National Council took place in al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa). The PYD demonstrated in Tall Tamr, al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), and al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). A protest march of PYD supporters, which had started south of Basuta on Thursday, arrived in ʿAfrin; the protestors remembered the arrest of Abdullah Öcalan in 1998 in Kenya. There were no protests in the mainly Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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