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Al-Hasakah: Dispute over burial of victims of attacks

KURDWATCH, March 28 2015—Disagreements arose in connection with the burial of the victims of the attacks during Newroz festivities in al‑Hasakah [further information]. Originally the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV‑DEM) and the Kurdish National Council planned to organize the ceremony together. In a press release on March 23, however, the Kurdish National Council reported that it was withdrawing the speech it had planned for the burial, since TEV‑DEM was not allowing the coffins to be covered with Kurdish flags. The statement further criticized the fact that TEV‑DEM was also allowing representatives of the transitional administration and the Kurdish Decision-making Body a right to speak. Originally it had been agreed that only the Kurdish National Council and TEV‑DEM would speak at the funeral service. The additional speakers resulted in a clear predominance of organizations that are dominated by the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

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