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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish demonstrators remain at variance

KURDWATCH, January 18, 2012—Nationwide protests on January 13, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators united under the slogan »Support for the Free Army« took to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. Protests also took place in al-Qamishli, ʿAmudah, Darbasiyah, ʿAyn al-ʿArab (Kobanî), al-Malikiyah (Dêrik), and Raʾs al-ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). In al-Qamishli, several demonstrations took place in different districts, including a rally organized by the Kurdish Patriotic Conference. In the district of al-ʿAntariya, supporters of the regime shot over the heads of the demonstrators, who answered by throwing stones. Supporters of the regime also disrupted the demonstration in Raʾs al ʿAyn. As in previous weeks, three separate demonstrations took place in ʿAmudah. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under the slogan »A worthy life«.

The demonstration in al-Qamishli:

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