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Raʾs al-ʿAyn: Rallies in support of hunger strikers in Iran

KURDWATCH, December 28, 2014—On December 16, 2014, two dozen activists held a rally in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) in support of Kurdish prisoners, who have been on hunger strike in the Iranian city of Urmiah for several weeks. They are protesting the execution of Kurdish students and activists as well as the practice of housing political prisoners with people who are convicted of murder or rape. On December 17, 2014, a similar rally took place in ʿAfrin. It was organized by the Revolutionary Youth Movement, a group with close ties to the Democratic Union Party (PYD). On December 23, 2014, the Kurdish Youth Movement organized a rally in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) for the same reason. Approximately sixty people took part.

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