Lift the Siege!
Protesters call Assad a traitor, and continue to defy
his troops and thugs, as Kurds throw their lot
completely behind their Arab compatriots thus deepening
Calls for toppling the regime adopted by Kurdish
protesters in the city of Amoudeh on April 29 marks the
first time Kurdish protesters have adopted this cry and
signify an important milestone in Kurdish attitude
towards the protest movement and their future in Syria.
The movement has been a mostly Arab affair up to that
moment. But now calls for ouster of the Assads are
helping Syrias Arab and Kurd communities find common
grounds. While many analysts have taken pains to
highlight the divisive effect of the protests movement,
it is in actuality uniting most Syrians against their
oppressors in a process that is helping the countrys
myriad communities acknowledge their joint destiny.
With this development yet another tactic employed by the
Assads to contain the protest movements seems to have
failed. Syrias Kurds refused to be coopted. The promise
that Assad made to the Kurds calling for granting
citizenship to over 300,000 denaturalized members of the
Kurdish community has not had the desired effect. The
Kurds will not be fooled by the promises of a tyrant.
They have seen him renege on so many of them before.
According to eyewitness reports 6 people were killed by
Assad troops. The dead included Osama Al-Sayassneh, son
of Ahmad Al-Sayassneh, the Imam of Omary Mosque in Deraa