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ʿAmudah: PYD supporters attack Kurdish National Council demonstrators

KURDWATCH, February 28, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops in the week from February 16 to 22, 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 22, demonstrators throughout the country took to the streets united under the slogan »The proud [city] ar‑Raqqa is on the path of freedom« 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. Supporters of the Democratic Union (PYD) gathered under the slogan »The Kurdish language is taboo [must not be repressed]«. 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. A group of PYD supporters attacked Kurdish National Council demonstrators in ʿAmudah. No one was hurt. In al‑Hasakah there were three demonstrations, one organized by the Kurdish National Council, one by the PYD, and one by Arab groups. Two demonstrations—one organized by the PYD, 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). A demonstration organized by the PYD took place on Friday in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). The Kurdish National Council’s weekly demonstrations in al‑Malikiyah and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) took place on Saturday. There were no protests in ʿAfrin or Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), nor in the primarily Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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