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ʿAmudah: Hunger strike against PYD attacks

KURDWATCH, June 27, 2013—Since the kidnapping of three Kurdish activists by fighters of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) on June 17, 2013 [further information on the case], youth groups, supported by the Kurdish National Council, have been organizing daily demonstrations. The demonstrations have called for the release of those kidnapped as well as an end to PYD attacks. On June 20, a dozen activists erected a tent camp in the center of ʿAmudah and began a hunger strike. On June 21, supporters of the PYD organized a counter demonstration. When this demonstration crossed paths with the activists’ protest march, several dozen PYD supporters attempted to attack the march. Members of the PYD’s security service (Asayiş) prevented this by removing the attackers from the demonstration. A rally in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) on June 21 also called for an end to the PYD attacks.


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