Kurds revive 11th anniversary of first anti-Assad uprising

Kurdish demonstrators in Qamishli reviving the 11th anniversary of the uprising of 2004. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Thousands of Kurds took to the streets Thursday in several Kurdish areas in northeastern Syria, to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Kurdish uprising of 2004 against the Syrian regime.

During the protests of Marh 12, 2004-when at least 40 were killed, hundreds wounded and thousands others detained, Kurdish cities, including Qamishli, Afrin, Derik and Hasakah, saw large demonstrations with thousands roaming the streets, waving flags and chanting Kurdish national slogans, as well as condemning the Syrian regime’s suppression of Kurdish civilians. 

Speaking to ARA News, Kohderz Temir, a member of the General Committee of the Kurdish Youth Movement (TCK), said that the Kurdish people have demonstated “steadfastness against suppression in 2004 and were the first social component in Syria to confront the tyrannical regime of Assad.”

“The Kurds stood in the face of the most murderous and bloody regimes ever seen in the Middle East and even the world,” he added, pointing out that the Kurdish people love freedom and refuse humiliation.

“It’s time to put an end to racism and dictators in our region, we will reach freedom through sacrifice and unity against totalitarian regimes and terrorists,” Temir argued.

Noteworthy, the city of Qamishli (aka Qamishlo) witnessed on this day in 2004 mass demonstrations after the Syrian security forces opened fire against Kurdish civilians in Qamishli, causing mass protests across Syria’s Kurdish region as well as the Kurdish neighborhoods of Damascus and Aleppo. 

“Today, we’re reviving this anniversary while fighting not only the suppressive regime, but also the most brutal terrorist group (of ISIS),” said one of the demonstrators in Qamishli. 

Reporting by: Dilshad Ahmed 

Source: ARA News

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