Today marks the 16th anniversary of the Qamishlo uprising, in which dozens of martyrs, wounded, and thousands of detainees have been killed by the security services of the Baathist regime.
On this occasion, the Autonomous Administration of North and East of Syria issued a statement to the public opinion, confirming their progress in preserving the principles for which the uprising was launched, the promotion of democracy and brotherhood of peoples and the attainment of the legitimate rights of the people in Syria.
The text of the statement read:
The March 12 uprising constitutes a historic turning point in Syria; our people rose up with strength and determination challenging the machine of repression, and for the first time broke the barrier of fear and dread that the security services practiced for decades; that uprising turned into a real nucleus for the project of democratic change in Syria, and for which political and social forces gathered for their differences, and what this expansion and response to the uprising was only due to what was being practiced of denial policies. With the beginning of the revolution in Syria, which soon deviated from its path for known and clear reasons, our people relied on the criteria and foundations of the March 12 uprising, so that today our regions represent the reality of political change. J in Syria, through what exists today, especially in light of the components of the ground response, Arabs, and others into force.
And contrary to the attempts of sedition that the regime wanted, the state of consciousness that our people experienced at that time and prevented it from turning this incident into sedition was only an important basis for the state of great success today for the north and east Syria revolution and the project of the brotherhood of peoples in light of the adoption of multiple components in the north and east of Syria for the project of the democratic nation.
In the spirit that started on March 12, 2004, and with the strong will that confronted the thinking and mentality of the security system, we affirm in the Autonomous Administration of North and East of Syria that today we live one of those historical militant fruits in Syria; we also commemorate all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in 2004 in order to carry out today a revolution that is unique in the region.
We also affirm in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria that we will go with all our efforts to preserve the same principles for which the March 12 uprising was launched, in promoting democracy and brotherhood of peoples and obtaining the legitimate rights of our people in Syria, and we also call on all parties, foremost of which is the Syrian regime, to be freed from the mentality Based on unilateralism and the security approach, we invite him to look at Syria with a new vision that matches the prevailing state of change in the region. We also pledge to our people that we are continuing at the same pace that made a solid foundation towards peaceful change until its achievement.”