Qamishli: Syrian security targets journalists and political activists



ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan− Amid arrests campaign carried out by the Syrian authorities, journalists and political leaders in Syria’s northeast −where Kurds constitute a majority− are continuously targeted. 

On Sunday, Kurdish journalist Peshewa Behlewi was arrested by the Syrian security in the city of Qamishli, northeast Syria. After two days of detention in the head branch of the secret service in the city, Behlewi was released on Tuesday evening, saying that he was held in detention with 28 other detainees, among them was the leading member of the Assyrian Democratic Organization, Gabriel Moshe Gawriye

Gawriye was arrested earlier in December, 2013, and his family was reportedly denied the right to visit him. 

Bahlewi, correspondent of Kurdish Rudaw TV, said that the psychological pressure practised by members of the Syrian security is the main issue detainees suffer from. 

Behlewi’s release came after the announcement of several youth organizations their intention to protest in Qamishli’s main squares in solidarity with all detainees in the prisons of the Syrian security.

Mohammed Fares, the General Coordinator of the Kurdish Youth Movement (TCK), told ARA News that the movement is still determined to take to the street to demand the release of all activists and political detainees in the prisons of the regime.

“Many Kurdish activists and political leaders are arbitrarily arrested by the Syrian security, such as the prominent human rights activist and writer Hussein Isso whose destiny is unknown since summer of 2011. We will organize a campaign to put pressures on the authorities to reveal the destiny of those arrested and to demand their immediate release,” said Fares.  

Fares stressed the TCK’s determination to organize peaceful protests in Qamishli city to show solidarity “those forgotten in the regime’s prisons” and contribute to the maintenance of the “basic principles of the Syrian revolution to call for freedom through peaceful resistance against the killing machine of the Assad regime”. 

“We shouldn’t lose sense of solidarity with residents of other areas who suffer under siege such as in Efrin, Kobane and Tel Abyad,” he said. “The dark era of suppression and persecution is over in Syria.” 


Reporting by: Ehmed Herbi

Source: ARA News


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