Unrest in Syria after two Kurds are killed by security forces

Media Institute of West Kurdistan Society reports that two members of People’s Confederation of Western Kurdistan – KCK were accompanying a group of visitors to the headquarters on January 12, 2011 at 8 pm when they were ambushed by Syrian security forces. The troops opened fire on the group killing the two members of KCK, and arrested the visitors. The Syrian authorities erect barriers in the roads and open fire on individuals they are unsure of, and so bear full responsibility for the death of these men.
The two men who were killed are:

Bakr Abdel Moneim Bakr, born 1989 in Aleppo;
Dilgesh Ahmed, born 1983 from Deyrik.

In their statement, People’s Confederation of Western Kurdistan – KCK condemns the killings, and places full responsibility for these deaths on the Syrian authorities who are also responsible for the safety of the visitors who were detained. Their treatment of the bodies of these martyrs and their families, and of the visitors in detention would be very important. These men are seen as martyrs in the struggle for democracy.

In response to the killing of these two men, a group of youths calling themselves “Ciwanên Tolhildanê” burned a number of vehicles belonging to the Syrian army and security forces in Aleppo, on 19 January 2011. This took place in different parts of the city. The young people have stated that this was in response to these killings, and they said that it should serve as a warning to the Syrian regime if they continue the policy of denial of the rights of the Kurdish people.

Young Kurds in Damascus belonging to “Apochi Youth” burned seven cars belonging to the authorities on the evening of 19 January. They confirmed that they would continue to escalate their protests as the bodies of the two martyrs had not been released, and called for the release of other detainees. They call on the government to acknowledge full responsibility for what is happening saying that Syria has become a pawn in the hands of the Turkish and Iranian governments, and that targeting of Kurdish people must stop. The young men chanted slogans praising the lives of their martyrs, and denouncing the criminal act committed by Syrian forces.

Apochi Youth said that the Syrian regime appears to be adopting tactics used by the Turkish government in the face of a rising by the Kurdish liberation movement, by increasing the pace of its repressive practices that deepen the problems, bringing no resolution or peaceful dialogue to the table. The attacks that are being carried out by Syrian forces on the border with Iraq resulted in the death of these two men. The young people warn that their patience has limits, and they are looking for change.

KCK called for a demonstration on 20 January in Aleppo, and in response the Syrian security forces in Aleppo imposed a clamp-down to prevent people marching. There was extensive security, and roads were closed but Kurds answered the call and went on the streets to condemn the killings and to demand the release of detainees, and the release of the bodies of these two men to their families.

Police and Syrian intelligence used sticks and batons against unarmed civilians, without discrimination and on children, women and young people, subjecting them to beatings and insults. They arbitrarily arrested many passers-by, raided many Kurdish homes and tampered with property.

The authorities kept the bodies of both men in the hospital in Qamishli. The KCK Assembly called for protests to take place in front of this hospital on Friday 21 January at midday, however the Syrian authorities secretly buried Dilgesh’s body at dawn that morning in order to prevent people from accompanying the body, fearing that the funeral would turn into a big demonstration.

Hundreds of Kurds went to the village Pesta Soos in Deyrik, to pay their respects to Dilgesh Ahmed. Intelligence agents blocked the roads and entrances to the village, searched people, and imposed penalties on drivers to prevent Kurds from visiting the house of Dilgesh’s family to mourn his death. People went to the cemetery where a ceremony began with a minute of silence for all those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and dignity of the Kurdish people.

KCK Local Assembly drew attention to the ways in which the Syrian authorities have escalated the pace of their fascist anti-Kurdish practices, using illegal and inhumane tactics through arbitrary arrests and night raids, in order to intimidate people and spread the spirit of fear. This policy comes in conjunction with agreements between the Syrian regime, Turkey and Iran, towards a campaign aimed at political and cultural genocide and denial of the Kurdish presence. KCK said they will continue to struggle for democracy, and to work for the goals of the Kurdish people to live in freedom and dignity on the soil of their homeland.

The crowds then went to the home of Dilgesh’s family to offer condolences, carrying Kurdish flags, photos of the two men and of their leader Abdullah Ocalan, and chanting slogans glorifying their martyrs, and in support of the Kurdish people’s resistance.

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