Syria: Qamishli residents rally on 'Rojava revolution' anniv.

Kurdish residents rallied in the northern Syrian city of Qamishli on Sunday, commemorating the anniversary of the so-called 'Rojava revolution'. During the event, called 'Rise up for Rojava,' participants waved Kurdish flags, danced, and played Kurdish music. Khalil Othman, a member of the Bureau of Relations of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), called for the establishment of «political dialogue with all parties, be it the Syrian government or other components which coexist in Syria,» and stated that «war has never been a solution.» July 19 is the date when militants from the People's Protection Units (YPG) first took control of the Syrian city of Kobane in 2012, marking the beginning of a de facto autonomous region in northern Syria. Similar rallies took place across the world on Sunday as part of a 'global action plan' for the date, including several events in Germany, the nation with the largest Kurdish population in Europe.

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