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Al-Qamishli: Only one PYD‑demonstration, Kurdish National Council continues protests

KURDWATCH, April 5, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and government troops in the week from March 23 to 29, 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 29, demonstrators throughout the country once again demanded the fall of the regime. They gathered under the common slogan »And give [the] good news to the patient«. Supporters of the Kurdish National Council again demanded the recognition of the rights of the Kurds. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) organized only one demonstration in al‑Qamishli. It took place under the slogan »No to emmigration, Yes to return«. In al‑Qamishli one demonstration took place in each of the districts of al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by the Biratî, Rojava, Shaykh Maʿshuq and Farhad Martyrs 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 various youth groups. There were also two demonstration 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) took place on Saturday. There were no protests inʿAfrin or Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), nor in the mainly Kurdish districts in Aleppo and Damascus.

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