At the behest of young Kurds in Kobanî (‘Ayn Al-‘Arab) masses came out demonstrating in the Kurdish town of Kobanî, demanding freedom and democracy and the lifting of the siege of Dera’a, the city of resistance. Kobanî is located in the Aleppo Governorate, but about 160kms from the city of Aleppo.
The demonstrators gathered at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and marched through the town, heading to the main park. The general populace of Kobanî participated, with the younger generation in particular in attendance. There was also participation of some independent national figures and some from human rights organisations, and Kurdish leaders who were there in a personal capacity. There was also a remarkable participation of women.
Demonstrators had signs with slogans and were chanting. Below are some examples of each:
Constitutional recognition of the existence of the Kurdish people in Syria as the second nationality in the country
No to the siege, we are martyrs of freedom
Release all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience
No to sectarianism, no to deceit, no to violence, yes, yes to freedom
No to violence and tyranny; yes to dialogue and reform
Long live the Arab-Kurdish brotherhood
One, one, one, the Syrian people are one (united)
Wake up, Aleppo!
Freedom, freedom, freedom
This was the fifth demonstration of its kind in Kobanî organised by the youth of the city. The others were held on the following days in April: 1st, 12th, 18th, and 21st.
Here are some photos from the demonstrations in Kobanî:
For the original story and more photos, go to the Welatê Me website.