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ʿAfrin: PYD attacks el‑Partî event

KURDWATCH, June 25, 2013—On Friday, June 14, 2013, ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî) celebrated the founding of the first Syrian-Kurdish party, the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (KDPS), fifty-six years ago. The celebrations took place in al‑Malikiyah, as‑Suwaidiya (thirty kilometers south of al‑Malikiyah) and ʿAfrin. The Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria also celebrated in honor of this occasion on June 14 in al‑Qamishli and on June 17 in ʿAmudah. Both parties see themselves as the legitimate successor parties to the KDPS. In ʿAfrin, several dozen members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) armed with knives and clubs attacked the el‑Partî celebration. They stormed the stage, at which point the event was broken off.

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