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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish National Council decides against anti‑American demonstration slogan

KURDWATCH, October 25, 2012—Nationwide protests on October 19, 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 »America, hasn't your hate been satisfied by our blood?« Supporters of the Kurdish National Council and many Kurdish youth groups decided against this slogan and protested under their own slogan »No celebrations [the Feast of Sacrifice] in the shadow of the Baʿth regimes«. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under the motto »Young people are a guarantee for a free future«. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of 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 Kurdish National Council). Two protest marches by PYD supporters—one from ad‑Darbasiyah and the other from al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik)—arrived in al‑Qamishli and joined together in an event to remember the 1998 arrest of Abdullah Öcalan in Kenya. The participants in the protests had begun marching several days earlier. In ʿAmudah, three separate demonstrations took place, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. Three demonstrations also took place in al‑Hasakah. A funeral march for the burial of Adib Mala Sulayman [further information on the case] took place in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). In Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), a jointly organized demonstration split into three separate protest marches, led by the Kurdish National Council, the PYD, and several youth groups. As has been the case for several months, no Friday demonstrations took place in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) and al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik); demonstrations were held during the week. There were no protests in ʿAfrin or in the mainly Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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