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Al-Qamishli: Kurds commemorate 2004 uprising

KURDWATCH, March 21, 2013—At eleven o’clock local time on March 12, 2013, hundreds of thousands in the Kurdish regions took part in a minute of silence to mark the ninth anniversary of the »al‑Qamishli Uprising« and remember the victims of 2004. Tens of thousands subsequently participated in demonstrations in al‑Qamishli, ʿAmudah, al‑Hasakah, al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), ʿAfrin, Jindiras, Raju, and Aleppo. Numerous stores remained closed. Members of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) organized additional military parades in al‑Malikiyah and ʿAfrin. The demonstrations were peaceful. In all locations, supporters of the Kurdish National Council and the PYD demonstrated separately.

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