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Al-Qamishli: No PYD‑demonstrations, Kurdish National Council continues protests

KURDWATCH, March 31, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and government troops in the week of March 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 und Darʿa. On March 22, demonstrators throughout the country once again demanded the fall of the regime. They gathered under the common slogan »Your chemical weapons will never stop the prevalence of freedom«. Supporters of the Kurdish National Council once again demanded the recogntion of the rights of the Kurds, whereas the Democratic Union Party (PYD) did not organize any protests. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration each took place in 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). In ʿAmudah there were two separate demonstrations, organized by the Kurdish National Council and the various youth groups. There were also two demonstrations in al‑Hasakah, one organized by the Kurdish National Council, the other by Arab groups. The Kurdish National Council organized one demonstration in each of the cities of 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) did not take place until Saturday. There were no protests ʿAfrin and Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), nor in the mainly Kurdish districts in Aleppo and Damascus.

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