during demonstrations against the anti-Kurdish and pro-Turkish policy of the
Syrian government. Syria has a large Turkish minority that does not enjoy
equal rights. In the past, there have been other demonstrations and violent
incidents in this area.
In addition to the three dead, twenty were injured and at least 120 arrested.
The demonstrations spread to adjacent towns and villages. Kurds were upset
that Syrian president Bashar Assad is encouraging violence rather than seeking
a peaceful solution to the Kurdish problm in Turkey.
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