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Al-Qamishli: Yekîtî-affiliated youth group organizes military parade

KURDWATCH, November 29, 2012—Nationwide protests on November 23, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »The hour and the time of victory have come« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Supporters of the Kurdish National Council and many Kurdish youth groups demonstrated under various slogans, while supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took to the streets under the slogan »The resistance of Serê Kaniyê«. In al‑Qamishli there was one demonstration 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 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 al-ʿAntariyah, members of the Shaykh Maʿshuq youth group, which has close ties to the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî), organized a sort of military parade, though the participants marched in military clothing, they were unarmed. Three separate demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah, 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 both ad‑Darbasiyah and al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî). The PYD organized a demonstration in ʿAyn al-ʿArab (Kobanî); in contrast the local committee of the Kurdish National Council called on its supporters to forgo demonstration for two weeks. Nevertheless approximately 2,000 KNR supporters took to the streets in Ayn al‑ʿArab. A PYD demonstration took place in both Raju and Jindiras near ʿAfrin. In al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), the weekly demonstrations of the Kurdish National Council took place on Saturday, not on Friday. There were no protests in al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa) or Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), or in the mainly Kurdish districts in Aleppo and Damascus.

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