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Al-Qamishli: PYD compels stores to close on the anniversary of Öcalan’s arrest

KURDWATCH, February 21, 2015—On February 15, 2015, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) commemorated the 1999 arrest of Abdullah Öcalan, the chairman of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). To mark this occasion, PYD members forced all store owners in al‑Qamishli to close their businesses or face a large fine. The power supply to several streets was interrupted to substantiate the demand.

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