KurdWatch, November 17, 2015—On November 9, 2015, supporters of the Kurdish National Council demonstrated against the policies of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). It was the fourth demonstration critical of the PYD to be held in the PYD‑controlled territories within a week. The PYD organized a counter demonstration at the same location. PYD supporters attacked several Kurdish National Council demonstrators, and the Asayiş, the PYD security service, did not intervene. The PYD-affiliated Hawar (ANHA) news agency later claimed that participants in the Kurdish National Council demonstration had beaten one other. After the incidents, the Kurdish National Council changed the route of its demonstration.
Employees of the Asayiş searched numerous demonstrators on the opposing side and confiscated their cell phones. Journalists were prevented from recording the demonstration. A journalist for the television station ARK TV, which has close ties to the Democratic Party Kurdistan – Syria (PDK-S), was beaten and his camera was stolen.
While the demonstration was taking place, the Asayiş were also forcibly recruiting young men for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) nearby.