U.S. Warns PYD over violence against Syria’s Kurdish activists

01-07-2013

 

ARA News

As the crackdown of the armed forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) against civil activists dramatically mounted in the Kurdish areas of Syria over the last few days, the U.S. embassy in Damascus condemned the the PYD’s practices against Kurdish demonstrators in the city of Amude, northeastern Syria.

“The United States condemns the Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) deadly response to peaceful demonstrations in the city of Amuda, where PYD authorities have killed six people, wounded dozens, and detained 90 activists during several days of clashes,” the U.S. embassy in Damascus said in a statement published on its official website on Monday.

The statement described the recent attacks of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) −the PYD’s armed wing− on Kurdish demonstrators and activists as unjustifiable. Moreover, the embassy’s official statement considered the PYD suppressing freedoms of expression among the residents of the Kurdish areas northeastern Syria.

“There is no justification for these attacks or the PYD’s attempts to repress freedoms of expression and assembly by silencing those who peacefully advocate for democracy and human rights,” the statement read. “We are appalled by reports of the PYD torturing detainees and demand that it immediately and unconditionally release all detained activists.”

The U.S. embassy in Damascus has also urged the PYD’s leadership to stop the actions of its armed forces and show some respect to the “human rights and dignity” of the residents.

“The PYD must abandon its brutal tactics and respect the human rights and dignity of all Syrians. This violent suppression only serves the regime’s efforts to escalate tensions and divide the Syrian people.”

On Thursday, activists reported that the YPG fighters attacked peaceful demonstrators in the Kurdish city of Amude, killing six of them, injuring and arresting dozens activists. The YPG has reportedly prevented civilians from transferring the injured activists to hospitals in neighboring cities, as the armed group has closed all the entrances around the city.

 

Source: ARA News

 

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