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Al-Qamishli: Separate demonstrations despite consensus in Erbil

KURDWATCH, December 8, 2012—Nationwide protests on November 30, 2012, resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »The fingers of victory [are] over the [Presidential] Palace« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. After representatives of the Kurdish National Council and the People's Council of West Kurdistan agreed on November 25 in Erbil to resolve all of the problems remaining between them, their supporters demonstrated under the slogan »Common fight«. However, the demonstrations of the two councils remained separate. 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 Democratic Union Party [PYD]). Three demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and 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 addition, KNR supporters again took to the streets despite that a week ago the local committee of the Kurdish National Council called on its supporters to forgo demonstrations for two weeks. 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), nor were there any in the Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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