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ʿAmudah: PYD prohibits Kurdish National Council demonstration

KURDWATCH, November 21, 2013—On November 13, 2013, to mark the 63rd anniversary of the cinema fire in ʿAmudah [download PDF], several dozen members of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) as well as other activists laid flowers at the memorial for the dead. A demonstration announced by the Kurdish National Council was again canceled after the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), had stated that it would prohibit »unauthorized demonstrations.« The PYD had additionally called for abstaining from demonstrations in light of the current political situation. The PYD itself raised its flag at the memorial for the dead, a gesture that an activist described to KurdWatch as an »unbearable provocation« that »not even the Baʿth regime allowed itself.«

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