Map of Syria showing the extent of demonstrations yesterday (22 April 2011). Green areas show cities/towns where demonstrations took place. Red areas (blood) indicate where ‘martyrs have fallen.’ Yesterday’s death toll exceeded 100 by some estimates. Kurdish areas in the northeast have demonstrated with no interference by security forces and no casualties. However, there have been some arrests of members of Kurdish political parties and warnings from state security not to back the protests in Kurdish areas.
Kurdish political parties have declared the demonstrations in Syria to be legitimate, but have not called for protests. A representative of the Future Movement was pushing for the Kurdish parties to give up their wait-and-see attitude and mobilise for demonstrations, but the suggestion was rejected by other parties. During the demonstrations last week, a representative of the Future Movement allegedly received a phone call from the Political Security Directorate in Damascus. He was told that the Intelligence Service was aware that the Future Movement had supported the demonstrations.