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Al-Qamishli: Funeral march for slain YPG‑fighters

KURDWATCH, April 12, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and government troops in the week from March 30 to April 5, 2013, once again resulted in numerous dead and injured. The fighting was concentrated in the economic center of Aleppo, the capital of Damascus, and the area Homs und Darʿa. On April 5, demonstrators throughout the country once again demanded the fall of the regime. They gathered under the common slogan »We are refugees, honor and dignity are our motto«. There were no demonstrations in al‑Qamishli, however, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) organized a funeral march there for three YPG‑fighters who had been killed the previous day [further information on the case]. In ʿAmudah and ad‑Darbasiyah, PYD‑supporters took part in a funeral march for another YPG‑fighter who had been killed in an accident. In Damascus and ar‑Raqqa, PYD supporters celebrated the birthday of Abdullah Öcalan. In ʿAmudah there were two dissident demonstrations, organized by the Kurdish National Council and various youth groups. In al‑Hasakah there were three demonstrations, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and Arab groups. Moreover, 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 al‑Malikiyah and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) took place on Saturday. There were no protests in ʿAfrin or Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), nor in the majority Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.

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