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ʿAmudah: Asayiş kidnaps twelve-year-old and his relatives for riding a motorcycle at night

KURDWATCH, June 9, 2015—On June 6, 2015, three employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), detained and beat twelve-year-old Aldar Qarnu in front his parents’ house in ʿAmudah. They justified this to his family on the grounds that the boy had violated a nighttime ban on driving motorcycles. Moreover, he had not stopped at the Asayiş’s command, for which they »could have shot him«. Shortly thereafter approximately twenty-five employees of the Asayiş stormed the family’s house. They fired into the air and kidnapped Aldar Qarnu, his father Ahmad Qarnu, his twenty-four-year-old brother Ismaʿil, and his twenty-four-year-old cousin Rodi Qarnu. Mazlum Qarnu, another cousin, told KurdWatch: »It’s all just a performance. With the anniversary of the massacre of ʿAmudah drawing near, they want to frighten the city’s residents once again«. One of Mazlum Qarnu’s brothers, Barzan Qarnu, was killed on June 27, 2013, following an attack by the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) on a peaceful demonstration [further information].

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