Dozens of residents of the town of Alqamishli on Friday demonstrated against the practices of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northeastern Syria. Protestors condemned the PYD’s arrests of Kurdish dissidents, demanding the immediate release of all detainees in the prisons of the PYD.
The demonstration came in response to calls by the Kurdish National Council to protest. Protestors also demanded the repeal of the illegal and unfair laws introduced by the PYD, most notably the compulsory conscription of young people who are sent to fight against ISIS.
Leader of the Yeketi party Hassan Saleh denounced the PYD practices, stressing that such abusive practices serve only the interests of the Assad regime which has long confiscated the rights of all Syrians.
Saleh pointed out that the PYD’s claims that it is a democratic party have nothing to do with reality, pointing out that the Kurdish National Council will continue its struggle against the PYD policies and practices until the end.
The PYD militias have arrested many Kurdish dissidents in the areas under their control, including Anwar Nasso Yekiti, who is a senior member of Yeketi party, and Abdel-Rahman Abu, who is the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Syria. (Source: Anadolu Agency)