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Al-Qamishli: PYD disperses rally and kidnaps five activists

KURDWATCH, May 15, 2015—On May 10, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), dispersed a demonstration in al‑Qamishli organized by the local committee of the Kurdish National Council. The rally was intended to show support for the ongoing protests in the Kurdish regions of Iran. The Asayiş kidnapped five participants in the demonstration, they were released two days later. A demonstrator told KurdWatch: »The Asayiş insulted us. They asked us why we were demonstrating for a slut.« The term »slut« referred to the young woman whose death sparked the unrest in Iran. After being raped, she committed suicide by jumping from the second floor.

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