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Al-Qamishli: PYD supporters protest the murder of three PKK women activists in Paris

KURDWATCH, January 19, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops in the week of January 5 to January 11, 2013 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. The fighting was concentrated in the financial center of Aleppo, the capital of Damascus, and the area around Hama and Idlib. On January 11, demonstrators throughout the country took to the streets united under the slogan »Refugee camps of death« and again called for the fall of the regime. Supporters of the Kurdish National Council held banners stating similar content and also demanded the recognition of the rights of the Kurds. Several youth groups used the demonstrations to criticize the organizers of the second plenary assembly of the Kurdish National Council. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) on the other hand gathered under the slogan »Martyr Khabat Derik, leader of the YPG« [download interview]. In addition, they protested the murder of three PKK women activists in Paris. 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). Three separate demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. There were two demonstrations in al‑Hasakah. Two demonstrations—one organized by the PYD, the other by the Kurdish National Council—took place in each of the cities of ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). The Kurdish National Council's weekly demonstrations in al‑Malikiyah and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) took place on Saturday, not on Friday. The PYD organized a demonstration in the predominantly Kurdish district of Wadi al‑Mashariʿ (Zorava) in Damascus. There were no protests in ʿAfrin, Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), or al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), nor in the mainly Kurdish districts of Aleppo.

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