27 June 2013: Syrian Kurdish YPG stifles dissent in Amuda by killing protesters
A piece I wrote from Amuda for Al-Monitor after the massacre occurred on June 27 in this city.
Syrian Kurdish Group Linked to PKK Kills Protesters
AMUDA, Syria — “There are 35 million Kurds and only 30,000 of them live in Amuda. Now, if you have 35 kilograms of meat for a meal, you are not going to eat them because of a bunch of flies?” a Kurdish fighter with the Popular Protection Units (YPG) asked cynically while relaxing outside the military barracks. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) — the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the political affiliate of the YPG — has carefully consolidated its project to manage the Syrian Kurdish areas. It will not accept anyone interfering with its hegemony — especially if this happens ahead of the Geneva II conference, where the party has been promised a seat by Russia.
In Amuda, the PYD’s hegemony has become increasingly under threat from the pro-Free Syrian Army
youth committees and other Kurdish parties, prompting its first military crackdown last week. Between June 27 and 28, seven civilians were gunned down by YPG forces following protests. According to witnesses, only one of them was armed. The United States issued a statement
on Monday saying it was “appalled” by the PYD crackdown, calling on the PYD to “respect the human rights and dignity of all Syrians.”
Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/07/syria-kurds-pyd-amuda-protest.html#ixzz2ajPxtsPC
Categories: Kurdistan, Syria
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