KurdWatch, November 30, 2015—On November 20, 2015, the Kurdish National Council conducted a demonstration in al‑Hasakah against the policies of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Approximately one hundred participants protested against forcible recruitment, the education policy, the illegal appropriation of real estate, as well as totalitarian rule in the Kurdish regions more generally. Employees of the Asayiş, the PYD’s security service, attacked demonstrators and dispersed the rally. Fasla Yusif, deputy chairperson of the Kurdish National Council and politburo member of Kamiran Hajj ʿAbdo’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî) told the media that the Asayiş severely insulted and beat up demonstration participants—both men and women alike. According to Yusif, some of the attackers were reportedly members of the Asayiş, but wearing civilian clothes. At the request of the organizers, only people over the age of forty took part in the demonstrations so that young people would not be forcibly recruited.
Yusif also reported that two Asayiş employees had refused to attack demonstrators. They offered Yusif protection until the situation had calmed down.