Syrian regime demands Auto-Administration in Hasakah removes Kurdish banners

Kurds bid farewell to martyred sons while raising their images at the tops of buildings in Hasakah province. The Syrian regime demanded the PYD-linked Auto-Administration to remove all Kurdish banners and martyr images from the streets. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – The Syrian regime has demanded that the Auto-Administration authorities in the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, to remove all the banners of the administration (including those of the People’s Protection Units “YPG”), locals reported on Tuesday.

Over the past week, the city of Hasakah witnessed a campaign by the PYD-linked Auto-Administration removing all banners and decorations in the city, particularly those of the municipal elections of mid-March, 2015.

Local sources from Hasakah told ARA News that a car belonging to the Auto-Administration marked by logos of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) had removed all the flags that decorated the streets and public squares.

The removed flags belong to the Kurdish factions of TEV-DEM, PYD, and YPG forces, in addition to the photos of the Kurdish fighters who were killed while battling ISIS and whose pictures covered the public institutions of the Auto-Administration. 

The same sources added that in every square there remained one or two banners of the Kurdish YPG forces, pointing out that a lot of shop owners removed these banners from their shops. 

On the other hand, a source close to the Syrian security forces stated to ARA News that an implicit agreement has been reached between the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Syrian regime about the removal of all Kurdish banners in Hasakah province. 

“There is most probably a bargain between the two sides,” the source added.

The Syrian regime and the PYD-linked Auto Administration share control of the city of Hasakah, while the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) is in control of the southern countryside of the city. 


Reporting by: Khalil al-Ahmad

Source: ARA News

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