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Al-Qamishli: Fewer and fewer demonstrations

KURDWATCH, June 23, 2013—Ongoing fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and government troops in the week from June 8 to June 14 2013 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. On June 14, demonstrators throughout the country renewed their demand for the fall of the regime. They gathered under the common slogan »The Safavid project is a threat to the nation«, thereby protesting Iran’s involvement in the fighting in Syria. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) only organized one demonstration in al‑Qamishli; they protested under the slogan »ʿAfrin is our red line«. In al‑Qamishli, a demonstration also 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 demonstration organized by various youth groups, including Avahî. The Kurdish National Council organized one demonstration each in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) and ad‑Darbasiyah. On TuesdayJuly 18, 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 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 in Aleppo and Damascus.

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