The situation in Amouda told by Syria Untold blog
Amuda shouts once again: He who kills his people is a traitor
(…) Kurdish Syrians in the city of Amuda in northeastern Syria are using the slogan once again; this time against the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the political wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Kafranbel message to the YPD on 28/06/2016
PYD forces recently arrested a group of activists who led the city’s nonviolent civil resistance movement, after charging them with a number of unfounded claims. In response, about 100 protesters held a sit-in on June 27 condemning the actions of the PYD, who they accused of denying people of their freedoms. They held signs with messages such as, “Amuda did not kneel to Assad, and will kneel to no one else” and “The regime occupied Qusair with the help of Hezbollah, and occupied Amuda with the help of the PKK.”
Throughout the Syrian revolution, the PYD has been accused of collaborating with the Assad regime, and has helped the regime silence the voices of members of the opposition, including the renowned Kurdish opposition figure Mashaal Tammo, who was shot dead early in the revolution.
The Kurdish militias opened fire onto this group of unarmed protesters, killing seven people and injuring more than 40. They also arrested a number of leaders of the Kurdish National Council (KNC). It was these actions that pushed the city’s Kurds to repeat, “He who kills his people is a traitor,” as they remembered the regime’s initial, violent response against Syrian protesters. Benkin, political activist in the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria, said to Syria Untold, “Regime forces never dared shoot at protesters in Amuda, but the PYD is trying to quell any civil movement that questions its authority in the city. The regime has succeeded in pushing areas of sectarian friction into civil war, and in pushing the Kurdish people into fighting one another.”
A nonviolent activist from Amuda, Sewar, said, “We don’t want armed militias to monopolize the city, especially since they have clear ties to the Syrian regime.” The Amuda coordination committee, of which Sewar is a member, has played a major role in organizing the nonviolent opposition movement in the city. Rogine, a member of Shawishka, a Kurdish women’s group, said, “Not only do weapons remind us of the initial protest movement, and the way in which women were sidelined, they also eliminate the core of the civil Kurdish movement.”
The KNC, which represents all Kurdish political groups except the PYD, released a statement: “The PYD poses a regional threat. Carrying arms against these militias will only draw the Kurdish regime into a bloody struggle that will help no one. Kurdish youth must arm themselves only with organized, nonviolent protest.”
It was not only Amuda’s activists who protested the PYD’s actions. One June 28, a group of intellectual Kurds in the city of Qamishli held an anti-PYD protest in front of Qasmo Mosque. PYD militias attacked the demonstrators with sticks and knives, abusing them physically and verbally. They yelled at the protesters in Kurdish, saying, “Show us how you’re going to keep demonstrating.”
Protesters in Qamishli stand in solidarity with Amuda. Source: Amuda coordination committee
This picture was taken in Qamishli, and shows a PYD militant behind the protestor.
Protesters raise a banner in protest against the Democratic Union Party in Amuda. The sign reads: “I am Kurdish and the YPG is killing me”
SNHR report state the following:
http://sn4hr.org/public_html/wp-content/pdf/english/Syria_Children_en.pdf (page 9 – 20 October 2014 report)
Violations Perpetrated by Kurdish Groups
Early in 2012, government forces started withdrawing from Kurdish areas in northern and northeastern Syria with
only staying in vital centers. PKK (Turkey)’s PYD (Syria) took over Ifreen, Ain Al-Arab (Koubani), and Al-Jazira.
Al-Ashayes forces represent the internal security forces (Police) while the People Protection Units (Al-Aboujiya)
are the army.
SNHR documented many violation perpetrated in Kurds-held areas including extrajudicial killing and enforced
A. Extrajudicial killing
SNHR documented the killing of no less than 14 children at the hands of the PYD forces.
On Friday 4 October, 2013, SNHR documented the killing of three children from Al-Hassaka – Al-Kahtaniya by a
PYD’s shelling that targeted Thyab village in Al-Hassaka countryside.
On Friday 27 June, 2013, PYD’s People Protection Units killed two children in Al-Hassaka – Amouda while they
were opening fire against a demonstration.
Picture of Saad Abdulbaqi Syda 15-year-old, one of Amouda massacre victim
PYD recruits children extensively and not only male children but also female children. A number of the area resi
dents told SNHR that children participate in direct killings and also operates at military checkpoints. Since 2012,
The Kurdish groups have been training children extensively.
Mr Wesam Allou, a resident from Ifreen told SNHR:
“I was heading, along with other people, to Afreen, which is located in Aleppo northwestern countryside and
under the control of Kurdish forces. We stopped at one of their military checkpoints. A little girls, looked no
older than 15-year-old, was carrying a small rifle and came and talked to us in the Kurdish language. She asked
us to show our identifications and asked the driver to open the car trunk before she let us pass.”
On Monday 17 November, 2014, PYD forces arrested two brothers Zwya Mahmoud Mahmoud and Afien Mahmoud
Mahmoud from their school in Al-Hassaka city.
Conclusion :PYD forces perpetrated crimes that can be openly classified as war crimes such as indiscriminate
shelling and enforced-recruitment. All of these crimes violates the international humanitarian law
explicitly. The party, as an authority, must respect the international humanitarian law standards.
Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrUEVoXK_Ak
Activists ask PYD to be brought to justice in an interview to Orient TV (ar)
Arab and kurds remomerates the massacre : http://youtu.be/DI1xGD3VjBI