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Al-Qamishli: Separate demonstrations despite High Kurdish Committee's call for unity

KURDWATCH, November 26, 2012—Nationwide protests on November 16, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Through the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »Support for the National Coalition [of revolutionary and oppositional Syrian forces]« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. In light of the armed confrontations in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) [further information], all of the Kurdish parties demonstrated under the slogan »No to foreign armed groups«. Despite the High Kurdish Committee's call for the organization of joint demonstrations, the Kurdish National Council and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) only held separate demonstrations this Friday. The PYD held the coalition made up of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar's Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî), the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî), and Mustafa Jumʿa's Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî) responsible [further information on the coalition between the parties]. 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 Syrian 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, three separate demonstrations took place, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and by various youth groups. Three demonstrations also took place in al‑Hasakah. Two demonstrations, organized by the PYD and the Kurdish National Council, took place in each of the cities of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). There were no protests in al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), and ʿAfrin or in the mainly Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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