2004 Uprising.. Movement broke fear barrier, cradle of July 19th Revolution

Qamishlo uprising had great effect to break the fear of the Syrian people which is considered the basis for launching the 19th of July Revolution in north Syria.


Massive crowds of the north Syrian people went to the streets in 2004 in demonstrations, which reached the center of the capital in support of Qamishlo uprising. This uprising launched a few years before the demonstrations in the cities of Daraa, Homs, Hama and the capital Damascus in the spring of 2011, two decades after the massacres of Hama and Palmyra in 1980.

The stadium is a theater of popular uprising

In the main stadium in the city of Qamishlo, a football match gathered between the two teams in the far north-east of Syria, Jihad with the team of al-Fatwa coming from Deir-ez-Zor within the Syrian league as the Syrian security elements deliberately mixed the two audiences in one section of the stadium for the audience of al-Fatwa club equipped with white weapons and stones to start attacking the audience of jihad and wound dozens of them.

Only minutes spent when dozens of Kurdish young men threw the crowd of al-Fatwa club with stones in the center of the stadium. The clashes broke out between the two audiences until the police in the city fired live bullets at the civilians and killed four young men instantly.

On March 13, 2004, Qamishlo city witnessed a general strike, while tens of thousands of Kurds bid farewell the four victims. The clashes broke out with the Syrian security forces that used live bullets to disperse the mourners to reach the number of those who lost their lives under torture and with bullets to 40 citizens. The Syrian regime's media outlets said that 25 people died.

Revolution in the north and silence applied to the rest of the provinces

The protests spread to the cities of Dêrik, Amuda, Hasakah, Aleppo, Kobani, Afrin, and the capital Damascus after the killing of Kurdish young men at the hands of the Syrian security forces in Qamishlo which tried to create strives between the Kurds and the Arab tribes that were armed at the time under the pretext that the Kurds seek to divide the country and support Western schemes.

The angry demonstrators were able to reach the center of the capital Damascus on March 14 demanding the Syrian government to release the detainees, grant the Kurdish people their rights and not to create seditions between the Kurds and Arabs, while the security forces dispersed the demonstration by force.

Breaking the barrier of fear... The government is out of Amuda, Dêrik and Kobani

On March 12, 2004, thousands of Kurdish men and women gathered on the 48th Street in the center of Kobani, north of Syria. They launched the slogan "Resistance is Life" and surrounded a number of government buildings, including the building of the director of the area and the Saray as clashes broke out in which the police officers used bullets to disperse the demonstrators, and that led to injuring 3 people, while the police fled the city for days.

The 19th Revolution of July is a movement unified the Arabs and the Kurds, and destroyed the sedition of the authorities within a decade

Despite the attempts of the Syrian regime to instigate strives among the Syrian people in the spring of 2004 and to create some sensitivity between the Kurdish and Arab components, this did not reap the objectives that the authorities sought to achieve at the time.

With the start of the spark of the peaceful Syrian revolution in 2011, the Kurds worked to protect their areas from any threat that may target them, especially the Syrian regime forces in the cities of the north of the country on 19 July as the demonstrators stormed the security headquarters and exited dozens of Syrian regime armed men from the city of Kobani, carrying out similar operations in the cities of Dêrik, Afrin, Serê Kanîyê, Amuda and others. Moreover, the 19th Revolution was launched in 2012.

Qamishlo Uprising in 2004 was considered a solid basis for the revolution of 19th July. Hundreds of thousands of the people demonstrated during seven days of the movement demanding freedom, democracy and justice. These demands were not changed by 2012 and were not abandoned by all who went to the Syrian squares in the peaceful movement.



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