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Bulbul: Residents send accused to the front

KurdWatch, May 30, 2016—On May 26, 2016, the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV‑DEM), which is controlled by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), organized a public assembly in the center of Bulbul, which is located roughly thirty kilometers north of ʿAfrin, to ask the population to publicly sentence two accused by a vote. Two older fathers were accused of insulting the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG). The crowd voted for one of three possible sentences: a six‑month prison sentence, ideological education, or to be sent to the front. According to a statement by the Hawar (ANHA) news agency, which has close ties to the PYD, the town residents gathered voted for the third sentence. The men sentenced are supposed to be sent to the front to see for themselves the bravery of the YPG and the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ). Whether or not they will be expected to fight was not outlined in the statement.

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