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Raʾs al‑ʿAyn/al‑Malikiyah: Democratic Yekîtî and el‑Partî organize protests

KURDWATCH, June 14, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and government troops in the week from June 1 to June 7, 2013 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. On June 7, demonstrators throughout the country once again demanded the fall of the regime. They gathered under the common slogan »Qusair and Ghuta, unbreakable will«. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) organized only one demonstration in al-Hasakah; they protested against FSA attacks on YPG‑positions in ʿAfrin [further information]. In al‑Qamishli, one demonstration took place in 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 demonstration organized by various youth groups, including Avahî. In Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî) organized a demonstration on Tuesday; they demanded an end to the fighting in ʿAfrin. The Kurdish National Council organized one demonstration each in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) and ad‑Darbasiyah. The Kurdish National Council’s weekly demonstration in al‑Malikiyah took place on Saturday. On Tuesday June 4, ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî) organized a protest in al‑Malikiyah. Among other things, the demonstrators demanded the release of all political prisoners from the custody of the regime and the PYD. There were no protests in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî) or ʿAfrin nor in the mainly Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.


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