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Raʾs al-ʿAyn: PYD flies its flag next to FSA’s

KURDWATCH, November 18, 2012—Nationwide protests on November 9, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »It is time to march into Damascus« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under the slogan »Great resistance, worthy life«. 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), as well as at the Qasimo mosque in the western district (organized by the PYD). In ʿAmudah, two separate demonstrations took place—one organized by the Kurdish National Council and various youth groups, and the other organized by the PYD. Two demonstrations, organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council, took place in each of the cities of al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), ad‑Darbasiyah, and al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa). In ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) the PYD organized a demonstration; in addition, an activist died there when members of the PYD's People's Protection Units (YPG) opened fire on a demonstration organized by the Kurdish National Council, numerous youth groups, and the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria under Rezan Bari Shaikhmus [further information on the case]. After members of the Free Syrian Army conquered the city of Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) [further information], there were no demonstrations there this Friday. While PYD supporters in Ayn al‑ʿArab opened fire on demonstrators for carrying an FSA flag, in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn they raised their flag together with the FSA flag. Four demonstrations took place in al‑Hasakah. There were no protests in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), and ʿAfrin, as well as in the Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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