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Al-Qamishli: Kurds celebrate Women’s Day

KURDWATCH, March 14, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and government troops in the week of March 2 to 8, 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 ar‑Raqqa. On February 8, demonstrators throughout the country again demanded the fall of the regime. They took to the streets united under the slogan »Your sectarian state will not succeed«, which referred to the ʿAlawite areas’ potential splitting-off from the rest of Syria. Supporters of the Kurdish National Council and the Democratic Union (PYD) celebrated Women’s Day in separate demonstrations. 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 PKK‑affiliated women’s movement Yekîtiya Star). Three separate demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. In al‑Hasakah there were three demonstrations, one organized by the Kurdish National Council, one by the PYD, and one by dissident Arab groups. Two demonstrations—one organized by the PYD, the other by the Kurdish National Council—also took place in ad‑Darbasiyah, ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), and al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî). 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 ʿAfrin or Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), nor in the primarily Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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