Syrian Kurdish politicians released after protests

Syrian Kurdish politicians leading a demonstration in Derik city. File photo

ARA News 

AMUDE – The Kurdish Asayish security forces on Sunday released several members of Kurdish parties in Syria who were arrested in May for organizing protests without permission from the PYD-led local self-administration. 

On May 28, leading members of the Kurdish Union Party (Yekiti party) Abdulmuhsin Khalaf, Anwar Naso and ʿAbdulilah ʿUdsha were arrested in the town of Amude after organizing protests against the conscription of young men who were forced to serve according to the law for the duty of self-defence. According to the law implemented in 2014, young men aged between 18 and 30 have to serve at least six months.

On 22 June, Khalaf was released, but the other members remained in prison.

“All Yekiti members were released today,” said Majdal Delli, a member of the Yekiti party. “Also Abdulkarim Muhammed was released [from the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria],” he added.

“They [Asayish forces] discussed with Anwar Naso [Yekiti member], why you organise protests? We are fighting against ISIS,” Delli told ARA News.

According to the laws of the local self-administration set up by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its allies, protesting without permission from the Asayish (police) is forbidden. 

However, the Kurdish National Council (KNC) that is part of the Syrian opposition does not recognize the canton administrations set up by the PYD and its allies. The current leader of the KNC is Ibrahim Biro, a secretary-general of the Yekiti party.

“They have to take permission since we are the responsible power on the ground,” said Diyar Qamislo, a member of the diplomatic relations office of the pro-PYD Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM). “Even in Europe and other countries you need to take a permission to protest,” he told ARA News.

“Because we want to ensure the safety of the protests, we are in a war situation,” Qamislo added. “We are not against demonstrations protesting against us, parties can exercise their rights,” he added.

He called on the KNC parties to recognize the self-administrations and share power in Syria’s Kurdish region of Rojava.

However, KNC parties say they are not ready to share power or join the future elections that will take place for the federal system. “After 3 agreements, two in Hewler and one Duhok, they [PYD, TEV-DEM and allies] did not respect the agreement,” Yekiti member Delli said. “We must come back to the Hewler and Duhok agreements. Also the Peshmerga of Rojava [trained by Iraqi Kurdistan’s leadership] must be allowed to return home in order to join the fight against ISIS and protect our region,” he said.

Shamdin Nabi, the head of the local council of the KNC in the city of Qamishli, also said they will not join the new federal system set up by the PYD and its allies last March.

“The PYD wants to be the only party in the region, they don’t accept other parties, and want to dominate society,” Nabi told ARA News.

Nabi said the KNC will not join the federal system.  “We are not concerned about their federal system because it’s not recognized by international or regional powers,” he added.

Due to the party differences between the PYD and the KNC, it’s most likely that the Syrian Kurds will not have a united voice in the future.

“It’s necessary that Kurds are one, the Kurdish parties should be united, otherwise they will not be able to defend us,” said Hassan Selam (36), a pro-PYD Kurdish civilian in Derbisiye, who called on both the KNC and the PYD to solve their differences.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News 

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