By the 16th anniversary of the Qamishlo uprising, the Kurdistan Democratic Peace (KDP) Party issued a statement to public opinion saying:
"The 16th anniversary of the Qamishlo uprising, whose spark erupted in the 12th of March 2004, passes on us, when the Syrian regime then worked through some of its forces to create discord between the Kurds and the Arabs, during a football match between the Al-Fatwa and Jihad teams in the Qamishlo city stadium.
Soon, the matter turned from a fight with hands and stones to a broad Kurdish uprising that spread across the various Kurdish regions in addition to Aleppo and Damascus, for the Syrian regime to use various methods of repression against that uprising, from killing, arresting and torturing, where 35 people were martyred and more than 100 others were wounded, as well as the arrest and torture of thousands in prisons.
While the Syrian regime was seeking from this to break the will of the Kurdish people and force them to surrender to its oppressive security machine, the Kurdish people under the suppression regime inhaled oxygen of freedom and demonstrated to the Syrians that peoples can stand up to authoritarian regimes if they can organize themselves and stand up one hand against it.
Qamishlo uprising has constituted a spark of the Kurdish resurgence in Syria, and a lesson from the rise to freedom and freedom from shackles, and we do not exaggerate if we say that what we are witnessing now is a democratic project in northern and eastern Syria, based in one of its aspects on that spark, so any organized project needs to a series of introductions that serve as lessons and lessons for those seeking to implement and implement this project, and success comes only through the doors of experiences that are often highly expensive.
What the Syrian regime did in the year 2004 in the city of Qamishlo has been trying for nine years to repeat and reproduce it in Syria in general, the tyranny is still the same, the repression remains the same, and the mentality is not changed, and attempts to cause discord between the components are still the same, and the result we also see it: killing, destruction, external interference, occupation, violation of state sovereignty, and loss of decision.
However, by virtue of experience, the components of northern and eastern Syria, Kurds, Arabs, Syrians, and others, were able to understand the mentality of the Syrian regime and dismantle its games and ropes, so they worked together far from the regime’s temptation, to establish a democratic autonomous administration, and to build democratic institutions speaking in the name of all components without discrimination, alongside organized, coherent forces fighting for freedom and democratic project.
We are in the Kurdistan Democratic Peace Party at a time when we remember the martyrs of the Qamishlo uprising and bow to their greatness. We pledge to them on their path until achieving their aspirations for freedom and desired democracy. We affirm on this occasion that repression and tyranny, excluding others and denying their rights and issues, can never be a solution to any issue, but solutions come through acceptance, understanding, dialogue, and recognition of the rights and legitimate issues of others.