Since the lifting of the Emergency Law in Syria there has been a marked increase in detentions of Kurdish activists. Soparo reported that both State and Military Security have been summoning activists in Qamişlo, Amûde, Serê Kaniyê (Ras al-‘Ayn) and other Kurdish towns for their participation in recent demonstrations.
Beginning yesterday dozens of activists have been summoned on charges of incitement and participation in demonstrations. State Security Intelligence levelled threats of arrest against them if they continued to take part in rallies. One of the many detained by State Security in Qamişlo was one member of the Yekîtî Party, Nawaf Rasheed, as well as a political activist who had been in custody for six hours. There was no further news about him at the time Soparo published the article earlier today.
Kurdish political parties are clearly caught between the desires of the Kurdish population for more rights and the state security apparatus that do not want to see demonstrations in Kurdish areas rise to the levels of those in western Syria.