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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish National Council demonstrates on the anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement

KurdWatch, May 19, 2016—On May 14, 2016, the Kurdish National Council in Syria held rallies in al‑Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Tall Tamr, al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), ad‑Darbasiyah and Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) on the one‑hundred‑year anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement from May 16, 1916. The treaty saw the division of the former lands of the Ottoman Empire, including areas inhabited by Kurds, between Great Britain and France. Employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), interrupted the rallies in al‑Maʿbada, al‑Qahtaniyah and ad‑Darbasiyah by racing past those gathered and beeping their car horns. In al‑Maʿbada, the Asayiş kidnapped Muhammad ʿAta Shaikhmus who was demonstrating. In al‑Jawadiyah young men were recruited to the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG).

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