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ʿAmudah: YPG‑members attack demonstrators

KURDWATCH, January 31, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops in the week from January 19 to 25, 2013 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 Homs and Idlib. On January 25, demonstrators throughout the country took to the streets united under the slogan »Our eternal leader is our Lord [the prophet] Muhammad« and continued to demand the fall of the regime. Supporters of the Kurdish National Council distanced themselves from this slogan and demanded, as in previous weeks, the recognition of the rights of the Kurds and an end to the fighting in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), on the other hand, gathered under the slogan »The Martyrs of Serê Kaniyê«. 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, three separate demonstrations took place, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. A group of approximately twenty YPG‑people attacked the demonstration by the youth groups in ʿAmudah; no one was injured. There were two demonstrations in al‑Hasakah. Two demonstrations—one organized by the PYD, the other by the Kurdish National Council—also took place in both al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî) and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). The Supreme Kurdish Council organized a demonstration in ad‑Darbasiyah; the participants demanded an end to the fighting in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) and the withdrawal of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamist groups from the city. After a prolonged interruption, the PYD once again organized a demonstration in ʿAfrin on January 24. The Kurdish National Council's weekly demonstrations in al‑Malikiyah and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) took place on Saturday, not on Friday. There were no protests in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn or al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), nor in the Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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