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ʿAyn al-ʿArab: One dead in YPG‑attack on demonstrators

KURDWATCH, November 16, 2012—On November 9, 2012, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) attacked the Friday demonstration organized by the Kurdish National Council, various youth groups, and the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria under Rezan Bahri Shaykmus. PYD supporters armed with knives and clubs blocked the path of the demonstrators, chanted slogans against the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and called on demonstrators to lay down the Syrian independence flag. Violence broke out between PYD‑supporters and demonstrators, at which point fighters for the People's Defense Units (YPG) opened fire on the demonstrators. In addition, the YPG attacked the party offices of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria and Mustafa Khidr Oso's Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî). The demonstrators Walat Muhammad Salih Miho (b. 1995), Renas Husayn, Diyar Muhammad Ibrahim Hido, Fatima Dahar, Samar Dahar, and Mariam Dahar were injured. Miho, who was taken to Turkey for treatment, succumbed to his injuries there. PKK-affiliated media claimed that those in question were injured by shots fired from the Azadî office. On November 10, Miho, who was a member of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar's Kurdish Democratic Party and a member of the Kobanî coordinating group, was buried in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab; thousands of activists participated. The mourners demanded the fall of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and described them as government militias. The speech by a representative of the Free Syrian Army was interrupted multiple times by shows of support.

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