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Al-Qamishli: Further demonstrations by the Kurdish National Council

KURDWATCH, December 26, 2012—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops on December 14, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. The fighting was concentrated in the economic center of Aleppo and in the capital of Damascus. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »There is no terrorism in Syria besides the terrorism of Assad« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. The People's Council of West Kurdistan once again did not organize any demonstrations this Friday; there was only a funeral procession for a member of the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units (YPG) who had been killed in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). Supporters of the Kurdish National Council took to the streets under the slogan »Blood siblings«. Two demonstrations took place in al‑Qamishli in the districts of al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by the Biratî, Rojava, Shaykh Maʿshuq and Martyr Farhad youth groups) and Munir Habib (organized by the Kurdish National Council). There were also two demonstrations in ʿAmudah, organized by the Kurdish National Council and various youth groups. Three demonstrations took place in al‑Hasakah. In al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), the weekly demonstrations by the Kurdish National Council took place on Saturday, not on Friday. In ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), supporters of both the Kurdish National Council and the Free Syrian Army participated in a demonstration. For weeks there have been conflicts there due to supporters of the Free Syrian Army shouting Islamic slogans, and the PYD reacting with violence. There were no protests in ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), or Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), nor in the Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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