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Al-Qamishli: Demonstrators accuse Free Syrian Army of embargo on Kurdish regions

KURDWATCH, December 29, 2012—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops on December 21, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. The fighting was concentrated in the economic center of Aleppo, the capital of Damascus, and the area around Hama. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »Victory is written on the gates of Aleppo« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under their own slogan »Our will is stronger than your embargo«. They accused Free Syrian Army groups of obstructing the transport of food and energy to the Kurdish areas. Some supporters of the Kurdish National Council also carried banners with similar content, without agreeing on a specific slogan. 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) 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 there were three demonstrations, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. Three demonstrations also took place in al‑Hasakah. Two demonstrations—one organized by the PYD and the other by the Kurdish National Council—took place in each of the cities of ad‑Darbasiyah, ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), and al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî). One demonstration organized by the PYD took place in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). In al‑Malikiyah and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), the Kurdish National Council's weekly demonstrations took place on Saturday, not on Friday. There were no protests in ʿAfrin or Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), nor in the mainly Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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