In a remarkable move, Kurdish women of from Amouda city, in north-east Syria have staged a protest in solidarity with detainees in Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) prisons.
The PYD, well-known for its support to Assad's regime has been accused of arresting many Kurdish activists who have sided with the Syrian revolution.
The Kurdish party is a member of the internal Syrian opposition front, the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCC) in Syria. While it is critical of the Assad government, the PYD has been accused by other Syrian opposition groups of collaborating with the Baathist regime, serving to enforce Syrian president Bashar Assad's policies in Kurdish regions and silencing Kurdish critics, such as Mashaal Tammo.
Certain Kurdish opposition figures have even claimed that the Syrian Army has handed over control of certain parts of northeastern Syria to the PYD, leading to disputes and clashes between the PYD, the Kurdish National Council (KNC), and the Syrian National Council (SNC).
The PYD in turn has accused the SNC as acting as Turkey's henchmen, and, due to a long-running dispute between the PKK and the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP). It is also at odds with the KDP-supported Kurdish National Council.
The PYD is a Syrian Kurdish political party established in 2003 by Kurdish nationalists in northern Syria. The party is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, the European Union and NATO.
Translated and edited by the Syrian Observer