The Kurdish National Council condemned the repressive policy by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), including its recent detention of the Council’s leading members and supporters in the town of Malikiya in Hasaka province.
The Council, which is one of the Syrian Coalition’s core components, said that masked men on Thursday kidnaped Ali Ibrahim who is a member of the regional committee of Kurdistan Democratic Party and head of the local council in Malikiya (Derek). The Council held the PYD responsible for the safety of Ibrahim and called for his immediate release.
The Council also called for the immediate release of its leaders all prisoners of conscience currently detained by the PYD, urging all Kurdish parties to exert pressure on the PYD to stop these practices.
Kurdish female activists called for a sit-in in the neighborhood of Antariya in the town of Qamishli on Thursday to demand the release of political prisoners held by the Asayish forces, which is the PYD’s police force.
The PYD militia has also detained members and supporters of the Kurdish National Council over the past three months for participating in anti-PYD demonstrations in Hasaka province and for their opposition to the PYD’s self-administration and its repressive practices. (Source: Syrian Coalition)