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Kobane, Syria – After reports about the holding of the presidential elections (on June 3) in the predominantly Kurdish areas in north and northeastern Syria, ARA News talked with a number of people in Kobane city to explain their position regarding the presidential elections which have been described as “controversial” by many observers.
Speaking to ARA News, Ahmad Sheikho, the Director of the Kurdish Students Union in Kobane city, called the nomination of President Bashar al-Assad for a third term “the biggest evidence for the humiliation of the Syrian people”, and described those who intend to participate in these elections as “Assad’s partners in murdering the Syrian people and destroying the country”.
Mirghana Jouma, a woman rights activist, told ARA News: “I absolutely refuse these elections because Bashar al-Assad destroyed Syria and caused the forced displacement of millions of Syrians and the killing of thousands of children, in addition to all the violations practised against the Syrian population.”
Member of the Local Committee of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Kobane, Sherwan Talas, said that the nomination of Bashar al-Assad is “the worst joke ever”.
“After all the crimes he committed against the people of Syria, Assad should be locked behind bars not nominated for a third term,” Talas argued.
While Dijbar Ali, a sociology student from Kobane, called on Kurds not to participate in what he called “elections of shame”, saying: “anybody who votes for Bashar al-Assad lacks moral principles and doesn’t care about the feelings of millions of people who were either forced to leave their homes, kept in horrible detentions or died because of the Assad regime.”
Local activist Reber Sharif expressed his beliefs regarding the holding of the presidential elections in June saying that it comes to support “the biggest murderer and oppressor in the modern world”.
In his turn, agronomist Mohammed Bozan said: “The holding of the presidential elections in the Kurdish regions means that the regime‘s policies succeeded and that the Democratic Union Party (PYD) succeeded in controlling the Kurds in Syria,” adding: “it also means that the Kurds failed in this revolution.”
Zahir Ahmad, a university student, said: “The Assad regime lost its legitimacy long time ago and what is happening now is absurd and targets the naïve minds of the Assad supporters.”
Reporting by: Sadruddin Kino
Source: ARA News