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Al-Qamishli: PYD supporters remember Öcalan’s arrest

KURDWATCH, February 21, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops in the week from February 9 to February 15, 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 February 15, demonstrators throughout the country took to the streets united under the slogan »He was content with Allah as supporter« and continued to demand the fall of the regime. As in recent weeks, supporters of the Kurdish National Council demanded the recognition of the rights of the Kurds and the withdrawal of armed groups from Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) remembered the arrest of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in 1998 with the slogan »Condemnation of the international conspiracy«. 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), Munir Habib (organized by the Kurdish National Council) and Qanat Suwais (organized by the PYD). Three separate demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups, including Avahî. There were three demonstrations in al‑Hasakah, one was organized by the PYD. 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). In al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), PYD supporters organized one demonstration. 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 (Serê Kaniyê) or al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa) nor in the mainly Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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