In the late night of Monday, April 18, 2022, an armed group affiliated with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) set fire to the headquarters of the Kurdish National Council in the city of Derik and the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria in the city of Derbesiya after breaking doors and windows, and throwing Molotov cocktails at them. These armed groups burned this office again on Tuesday, April 19, also on Wednesday night, which led to burning it completely and causing severe material damage, and this intimidating behavior endangered the lives of citizens of the two areas.
In addition, more than ten PYD gunmen raided the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria in the city of Hasaka on Tuesday evening, April 19, 2022, and intimidate party members and guests in the office. They were taken out at gunpoint before they set fire to the entire office with Molotov cocktails. Several attempts were also made to burn the office of the Kurdistan Yekiti Party – Syria in Amuda on Wednesday night, but they were not successful. They also tried to burn the council office in Terba Sabi.
These terrorist acts were preceded by incendiary marches in all Kurdish cities and towns, bearing slogans of treason against the Kurdish symbols, the KDP – Iraq, the KNC and the Peshmerga forces, with the aim of dragging the region into sedition and internal fighting.
Not only did PYD militants burn the offices, but they also abused the sanctities and symbols of our people, and burned the Kurdish flag in an aggressive act that contradicts Kurdish values and morals, which confirms that this system targets our people and works to undermine their legitimate cause as an authentic people living on a land… historical land.
The continuation of a series of massive violations against our people and the KNC and its supporters by the militants of the (PYD) will have catastrophic consequences for the region in general, and contribute to the emigration of the rest of our people in light of the crazy rise in prices and the loss of safety and the spread of theft cases and the increase in the crime rate as a result of the chaos security in the area.
The policy of intimidation practiced by the PYD against our people, and the burning of the offices of the KNC and its parties, is taking place before the eyes of the international coalition and the United States of America militarily supporting these forces that use violence against us. The American side to exert sufficient pressure on the leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces to stop these violations and collapse the entire office burning file.
The Kurdish National Council in Syria condemns and denounces in the strongest terms these terrorist acts and holds the de facto authorities (PYD) and its military wing, the Syrian Democratic Forces, fully responsible for the dangerous situation in the region in the future.
General Secretariat, The Kurdish National Council in Syria, April 20 2022
Comment: The world hasn’t stopped spinning just because Russia invaded Ukraine. The Atlantic Council article linked below by Rena Netjes and Lars Hauch fleshes out the convoluted relationship between the Rojava Kurds of Northern Syria and the Kurds of Northern Iraq. I knew there was a big difference. This just confirms it. There’s a lot of animosity here. Maybe we think we’re helping, but I have my doubts. We did good sending a few SF teams to work with the YPG early on. We should have left it at that. Now I think we’re in over our head and comprehension. Better to let the Russian Reconciliation Center have a go at it. They have a good track record. Maybe it’s because they have no emotional investment in any of these groups.