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 25 Kurdish youngsters taken into custody in Qamishli, Syrian Kurdistan

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25 Kurdish youngsters taken into custody in Qamishli, Syrian Kurdistan  5.9.2012 

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

QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,—  Syrian 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 military center.

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 created defence committees and changed the names of villages and cities which have been arabicized in the last 40 years.

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.

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