The videos below are from ‘Afrin (Efrîn), uploaded onto YouTube yesterday, 07 May. I assume they are from Friday’s demonstrations. ‘Afrin, with a population of about 80,000, is located north of Aleppo and has been a traditional support base for the PKK (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, Kurdistan Workers’ Party). While there were far larger protests in other Kurdish areas in Syria, this one stood out for its manifestations of support for the PKK.
It was a small protest compared to what’s been going on in Qamişlo, for example, but it is unique in what the demonstrators were waving…flags with the depiction of Abdullah Öcalan, PKK flags, flags of the PYD (Democratic Union Party), flying and waving with the Syrian flag. They shouted, ‘PYD, PYD, PYD’ as well as ‘Azadî, azadî, azadî’, which means ‘freedom’ in Kurdish. The PYD is the Kurdish party in Syria that has the closest links to the PKK. Demonstrators also broke out into the now-standard chant, ‘One, one, one, the Syrian people are one.’