Hundreds of Kurds took to the streets in Qamishli,
Syrian Kurdistan, after detentions, September 3,
2012. Photo: Ekurd.net/youtube
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Hundreds of Kurds took to the
streets after detentions
September 5, 2012
soldiers of the Assad regime took 25 Kurdish
youngsters into custody in Qamishlo (Qamishli), the
biggest Kurdish city in West Kurdistan (northeastern
Syria) on the grounds of being draft dodgers.
Hundreds of people took to the streets after the
detentions on Monday.
Detentions came after Syrian soldiers raided a
number of houses and workplaces in Kudurbeg and Suka
Şęnî neighborhoods in Qamişlo at midday hours. The
youngsters, aged between 18 and 30, were taken to a
Following the detentions, hundreds of young people
gathered in front of the Qasımo Mosque, the area of
Friday marches, under the leadership of Komelęn
Ciwanęn Rojavayę Kurdistan (KCRK, organization of
youth of west Kurdistan). The protest demonstration
of the group continues with the support of
shopkeepers who have closed their shops in protest
against the detentions.
Syrian state forces took three Kurdish youngsters in
Girkę Legę’s village of Girkę Dijwęr on Sunday, in
respond to which Kurdish security forces raided the
Girkę Legę military post and detained five soldiers
in the same day. Detainees were therewith released
on a basis of reciprocity.
After the beginning of civil commotions in Syria in
the March of 2011, the Kurdish powers in West
Kurdistan formed people's assemblies, opened mother
language providing educational institutions,www.ekurd.net
defence committees and changed the names of villages
and cities which have been arabicized in the last 40
The power in the cities of Kobani, Afrin, Dęrko
Hemko and Amude was seized on 19-21 by the People’s
Defense Units (YPG) which were formed to ensure
security in the Syrian Kurdish region.
Qamishli city, Syrian
Kurdistan, September 3, 2012.
The mentioned Syrian cities have been managed by
committees affiliated to the High Kurdish Council
which declared its foundation on 24 July as the
representative of Kurds in the region.
Assad’s forces are still present in Qamishlo and the
city is not considered one of the “liberated” areas
of Syrian Kurdistan.