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Ad-Darbasiyah: Kurdish National Council once again protests against PYD policies

KurdWatch, December 10, 2015—On December 5, 2015, the Kurdish National Council in ad-Darbasiyah organized a demonstration against the policies of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Around two hundred people participated in the demonstration with signs protesting the PYD’s school policies and forced recruitment as well as demanding the release of political prisoners of the PYD. Supporters of the PYD organized a counter-demonstration. Employees of the Asayiş, the PYD’s security service, ensured that the two groups remained at a distance. There were no clashes. However, two employees of the PYD affiliated news agency Hawar (ANHA) filmed the Kurdish National Council’s demonstration. According to activists this is not uncommon and is used by the PYD to identify participants of demonstrations.

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