The Coordination of Democratic Society Movement today issued a statement to the public in which it spoke about the Qamishlo uprising which began on March 12, 2004, and commemorated all the martyrs of this day.
The statement said:
"Fourteen years ago, on March 12, 2004, there was football game in the city of Qamishlo some chauvinistic groups staged acts of incitement and sabotage. Which killed more than 40 Kurdish citizens in addition to the killing of police officers, we commemorate those who were martyred as a result of acts of chauvinism carried out by the police and some citizens and Arab chauvinists.
The relations between the Kurds and the Arabs were based on the people fraternity. however, the development of relations create a suitable ground for the arena. But after the leader Ocalan left Syria and was arrested in 1999 during an international conspiracy, the Syrian regime began to implement its anti-Kurdish policies. This policy brought chauvinism against the Kurds. The March 12 massacre was the result of these policies. After that, Syria suffered a political and social crisis and in 2012 demonstrations against the regime began. The regime Instead of developing the relations with the Kurds, which was sound when the presence of the leader in Syria, it went to make agreements with the Turkish state against the Kurds, and this is what blew up the political and social balances until today. These events showed that stability in Syria is linked to the Kurdish cause and that building a democratic Syria.
After the events of 12 March 2004, which killed dozens of Kurds, the Kurds rose up in all the cities of Rojava, Damascus, and Aleppo. People were angry at the state, state institutions were burned and in many areas, state officials were unable to leave their buildings. Police and soldiers remained at their headquarters. After meetings between representatives of the people and state officials, the state made promises to the people and stopped the uprisings. But instead of changing its policies and accepting the Kurds, it continued its hostile stance and policies, thus opening the way for its failure.
The uprising of the Kurdish people on March 12, which toured the cities of Rojava, Aleppo and Damascus, made it clear that the leader left behind many revolutionaries and patriots.
In 2004 the chauvinists committed crimes to instigate sedition between Kurds and Arabs. But the Kurds and the revolutionaries in Rojava refused that and created the people fraternity.
On the anniversary of Qamishlo massacre, we appeal to the Syrian people, national forces and democracy in Syria to take lessons from the massacres committed and to build a democratic Syria.
It is certain that our struggle in Rojava since 2012 will build a free Kurdistan and a democratic Syria."