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Al-Qamishli: Demonstrators remember Halabja and mark the second anniversary of the Syrian revolution

KURDWATCH, March 23, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and government troops in the week of March 9 to 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 Darʿa. On March 15, demonstrators throughout the country continued to demand the fall of the regime. They gathered under the common slogan »Two years of conflict and the victory of our revolution has appeared« and commemorated the first dissident demonstrations, which took place in Damascus exactly two years before. Supporters of the Kurdish National also celebrated the anniversary of the revolution; at the same time, they remembered the victims of the poison gas attack on Halabja (Iraqi-Kurdistan) twenty-five years ago. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took to the streets under the slogan »We will not forget the massacre of Halabja«. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by the Biratî, Rojava, Shaykh Maʿshuq, and Farhad Martyr 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. There were also three demonstrations in al‑Hasakah: 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—took place in each of the cities of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), and al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî). Supporters of the Kurdish National Council organized one demonstration in each of the cities of ʿAfrin, ad‑Darbasiyah, al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê).

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