13 members of the KNC were arrested on 9 May and the KNC office in Qamishli city was reclosed by the Asayish. On Wednesday, ten were released, ARA News reported.
However, Vice-president of the KNC Fasla Yusuf, head of the local KNC office Muhsin Taher, and Secretary-General Muhammed Amin Husam remain in prison.
“With its terrorist practices, the PYD wants to keep the KNC and its supporters from pursuing their activities for the Kurdish population. Moreover, it wants to put an end to political diversity in Syrian Kurdistan by force of arms,” the KNC said in a statement.
“The PYD exploits that the international focus is on fighting IS. It wants to force the KNC to acknowledge the PYD’s administration and to distract from its failed management of the Kurdish region [Rojava],” the KNC said.
“The PYD’s terrorist practices reveal the hypocrisy of its claims regarding its democratic attitude, they attest to the PYD’s fear of the KNC’s work for the Kurdish population and show its growing isolation from the population,” the KNC added.
“This strategy will only encourage us all the more to continue on our path for the Kurdish population, to defend it and to withstand this party’s practices. These practices have led to the depopulation of Kurdish areas in Syria, which only serves the abominable agenda of the Baath party,” the KNC concluded.
Mohammed Ismail, a senior politician of the KNC-linked Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S), told ARA News that they hold the United States responsible if they don’t stop the ‘practices of the PYD’; especially now that the US is arming the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to fight IS.
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