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Kurds protest Syrian rebel actions

AROUND 250 Kurdish people and their supporters held a peaceful march from Eleftheria Square to EU House in Nicosia yesterday.

Protestors gathered at Eleftheria Square at around 11am before marching towards EU House at around noon, carrying photographs of jailed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), leader Abdullah Ocalan who was arrested by Turkish authorities in 1999.

Protestors sang the Kurdish national anthem and dispersed peacefully at around 1.15pm, police said.

The march was organised to protest that Syrian rebel forces have been attacking villages in Western Kurdistan which is on the border with Syria.

“The armed forces claim that they are fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, but they are attacking areas of Western Kurdistan where there are none, where since last summer an autonomous status of the Kurdish people, led by the Supreme Council of Kurdistan was established,” a statement from the Party of Democratic Union (PYD) in Syria said.

The statement added that these forces are murdering people and raping women.

“The Kurds and all the people of Western Kurdistan are battling against these terrorists and defend the autonomous status they have established,” the PYD concluded.



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