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Al-Qamishli: PYD forces stores to close on the anniversary of Öcalan’s arrest

KurdWatch, February 20, 2016—On February 14 and 15, 2016, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in al‑Qamishli, ʿAfrin, ʿAmudah, Tall Tamr, Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) und ad‑Darbasiyah commemorated the 1999 arrest of the chairman of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, and demanded his release. In al‑Qamishli, PYD members forced storeowners, under threat of heavy fines, to close their doors. Also in 2015, PYD members had forced storeowners to close their businesses on the anniversary date of Öcalan’s arrest [further information].

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