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Al-Qamishli/al-Malikiyah: Demonstrators demand release of prisoners from PYD‑prisons

KURDWATCH, May 26, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and government troops in the week from May 11 to May 17 2013 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. On May 17, demonstrators throughout the country again demanded the fall of the regime. They gathered under the common slogan »The decision [about the fate] of Syria is independent [will be decided by Syrians alone]«. Once again the supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) did not organize any demonstrations. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of al‑ʿAntariyah (organized by various youth groups) and Munir Habib (organized by the Kurdish National Council). In ʿAmudah, there was only one dissident demonstration, organized by various youth groups, including Avahî. Supporters of the Kurdish National Council refrained from organizing a demonstration due to the harvest season and the final exams of the current school year. In al‑Hasakah, two demonstrations took place, one organized by the Kurdish National Council, the other by Arab groups. The Kurdish National Council organized one demonstration in both ad‑Darbasiyah and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî), while in al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa) and al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî) there were also no demonstrations because of the upcoming harvest and final exams. The Kurdish National Council’s weekly demonstrations in al‑Malikiyah and al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) took place on Saturday; in al‑Maʿbada, only several dozen demonstrators took part. Once again there were no protests in ʿAfrin or Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), nor in the majority Kurdish districts in Aleppo and Damascus. In al‑Qamishli und al‑Malikiyah, demonstrators displayed banners demanding the release of political prisoners PYD‑prisons.

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