PYD Militia Detain 42 Kurdish National Council Members in Northern Syria

Militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) continue to engage in repressive practices against political dissidents and activists in northern Syria. PYD militias have detained about 42 members of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in the areas under their control over the past two days.

The Council said that these practices violate to the values of democracy and freedom and are aimed at silencing all dissident voices.

Mahmoud Ismail, senior member of the KNC-affiliated Kurdistan Democratic Party, said that the PYD police force, known as the Asayish, have detained 33 members of the party, two members of the Kurdish Future Movement, one member of the Yeketi Party, a member of the local council, and a media activist in the past two days.

Mohsin Taher, representative of the local councils in the Kurdish National Council, confirmed the detentions, adding that only two have been released so far.

The General Secretariat of the Council condemned the repressive practices of the PYD militias against its members, stressing that these practices and policies are detrimental to the Kurdish cause as they violate the values of freedom and democracy.

Last week, the PYD militias raided the offices of the Council in the town of Qamishli and set them on fire as well as detained many of its members.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies / 08.03.2017)

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