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Al-Malikiyah: Asayiş attacks Kurdish National Council demonstrations

KurdWatch, August 25, 2016—On August 16, 2016, the Kurdish National Council held demonstrations in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik), al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî), ʿAmudah, ad‑Darbasiyah and Tall Tamr. The participants protested against the abduction one day earlier of leading Kurdish National Council politicians [further information]. Employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), attacked the demonstrators in al‑Malikiyah and al‑Qahtaniyah, shot into the air and dissolved the demonstrations. The Asayiş carried out kidnappings at all demonstrations. According to a list published by the Kurdish National Council, a total of thirty‑seven people were kidnapped on August 15 and 16.

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