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ʿAyn al-ʿArab: PYD forbids Nowruz celebration

KurdWatch, March 28, 2016—On March 21, 2016, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), forbid the newly organized, and close to the PYD, Kurdish national alliance [further information] from organizing Kurdish New Year festivities in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). Among other things, Asayiş employees destroyed a provisional stage. The local committee of the Kurdish national alliance condemned the ban and indicated in a statement that an application for approval for the event had been submitted. The Asayiş initially had supported the festivities, but other Asayiş employees had spoken out against it.

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