Kajin Ahmed – Xeber24.net
The city of Qamishlo witnessed 16 years ago, “On this day, bloody events whose theater was the land of the martyrs’ playground 12 March, the “municipal stadium” previously, to turn into a flame that was made by the arms of the youth, Its spark began in Qamishlo and extended to all the cities of Rojava, Aleppo and Damascus.
The events started at 11:00 on Friday, 12 March 2004, with a crowd of Deir Al-Zour coming as fans of the Fatwa club team to Qamishlo, and they started roaming the city streets carrying pictures of Saddam Hussein calling for his life, and insults to the symbols and leaders The Kurds, describing the Kurds as traitors and agents of America.
They entered the field without being searched by the security police, carrying sticks and stones, heading to the stands of the fans of Al-Jihad fans, instead of going to the stands of the fans of the guest team, and minutes after the start of the match, they chanted and threw the jihad fans with the black stones they collected from the railway Iron.
The “Our Green Stadiums” program broadcast on radio the news that the match between the fatwa and jihad teams has stopped, as a result of clashes between the fans of the two teams, and the killing of “3” children run over by the feet, which led to a boil in the city and the people flocked to the stadium to verify the news that was proven false later.
The arrivals were surprised at the stadium, with a security fence that prevents anyone from entering the stadium, and moments later, Al-Hasakeh governor, Salim Kabul, arrived at the stadium, and ordered the firing of live bullets at the crowd, after he fired the first of his .
A number of families were killed and injured, and “4” people were martyred on that day, during which the people of the city did not sleep, as a result of a campaign of arrests and random raids carried out by the Syrian security authorities.
On the second day, thousands of people took to the streets of Qamishlo to celebrate the funerals of their four martyrs, who were imprisoned in the Kurdish media, and because the mourners refused security orders to remove flags from the bodies of the martyrs, they opened fire again on them, and new victims fell.
The Kurdish street exploded, in the form of a massive mass uprising, whose spark started from Qamishli, and its fire spread to all the Kurdish cities in northern Syria a column, Derbasiya, Turbah Sepah, Gerake Lage, Derek, Sri Kanye, Kobani, Afrin), until it reached the city of Aleppo and the Syrian capital Damascus.
Thousands of residents, in Kurdish cities, emerged in the form of angry demonstrations, driven by congestion, a sense of treachery and humiliation, roaming the streets, attacking police stations, intelligence and the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party, such as the torrential torrential.
The points of engagement were concentrated in Qamishlo city, at the customs headquarters on the main street, and a military police patrol intercepted the demonstrators at Rumailan’s garage, and opened fire on them, leaving a number of wounded among the camps.
The security authorities brought dozens of cars carrying soldiers from the SPLA to the al-Sawam roundabout, and opened fire on crowds of unarmed residents, locating numerous injuries and martyrs, and they also prevented paramedics from motorcycles from accessing hospitals.
The intense shooting by the regime authorities, provoking unarmed crowds, continued until the third hour of that afternoon, when a member of the logical committee of the Yekiti party, “Abdel Baqi Youssef”, called on the protesters from the minaret of the Salman Al-Farsi Mosque to go to their home.
The uprising lasted four days in a row in the cities of Rojava, amid intense blackout and censorship by the authorities of the regime, which prevented the media from going to those areas to convey events, exonerating the Kurdish political movement from them, and even accusing the Democratic Union of being behind them.
The death toll in this uprising, which saw sympathy from the people of eastern, northern and southern Kurdistan, was more than “35” martyrs and over a hundred wounded, and thousands of detainees, including women and children.
The most we can talk that the March 12 uprising overthrew the culture of fear that the regime sought to cultivate for four decades, and opened a new page in the path of the Kurdish struggle in Syria, which showed the fragility of the Kurdish political movement in Syria at that time, and became a spark of resurgence for the Kurdish people who wanted Ascending to freedom.
What we see today in western Kurdistan, from the firm will to preserve the gains of the Rojava revolution that erupted in “2012”, is based on this uprising that has fueled the flame of freedom and dignity among the Kurdish people in western Kurdistan.