October 8, 2011
Mesha’al al-Tammo has been shot dead in Qamishli,
in Syrian Kurdistan (Western Kurdistan). Photo: Facebook, Youtube video.
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QAMISHLI, Syrian Kurdistan,— Prominent Syrian
Kurdish activist and politician Mish'al Tammo has
been shot dead on Friday evening in the Kurdish city
of Qamishli in western Kurdistan [northeastern
Activists and residents at Qamishli say that masked gunmen
had attacked his residence home in the city and shot
him dead before his corps was moved to Faraman
private Hospital in al-Qamishli.
They also added that Mr Tammo's son, Marcel, was put
at emergency room and is suffering from fatal
injuries as he was accompanied his father Mish'al
the time gunfire took place.
Reports said that this is the second attempt to kill
the Syrian Kurdish activist Mish'al Tammo.
Syrian HR says "responsibility for the killing lies
with the Syrian regime, whether their forces killed
him, or he was killed by others – the Government has
a duty of care towards its citizens"
Assad's regime is escalating its tactics against the
opposition with bold, daylight attacks on its
leaders, the US State Department charged.
"This is a clear escalation of regime tactics,"
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told
reporters, referring to reports of Tamo's murder, as
well as the beating on Friday of former MP Riad Seif.
France also condemned
the Syrian regime's "brutal violence" in its
crackdown on the opposition and said it was
"shocked" by Tamo's murder.
Tamo, a member of the newly formed Syrian National
Council (SNC) opposition grouping, had been released
recently after three and a half years in prison.
SNC spokeswoman Basma Kodmani said the regime had
"crossed a new stage in the strategy of repression.
All opposition leaders must protect themselves".
Another female activists Zahidh Reshkilo was also
injured and moved to hospital at the same attack
which targeted Tammo house.
Meshal Tammo said
earlier "Syrian Kurds are not looking to separate
from Syria—though of course the idea of a Kurdistan
is a dream,"
It is not clear who was behind the attack. Mr Tammo
was a vocal critic of President Bashar al-Assad and
had also angered powerful Kurdish parties. No
official statement regarding this incident have been
published yet; while as activists blame Syrian
authorities for it.
Reports added that Kurdish activists and analysts
say that in the past three weeks, members of the 11
unofficial Kurdish political parties have met with
Kurdish activists from the Local Coordination
Committee, an alliance for young protest organizers,
plan to name a special committee and hold a
conference in Syria within the next few weeks.
Such a Kurdish group would be unrelated to the
recently formed Syrian National Council, the
country's largest opposition umbrella. While Kurds
say they share the opposition's overall goal of a
many Kurds have also expressed frustration at what
they see as protesters' Arab agenda, and also say
they aspire to greater autonomy within Syria.
Tammo, 53, was one of the Kurdish opposition leaders
against the Syrian regime, and is head and spokesman
for the Kurdish Future Current Movement in Syria. He
was also a member of the executive committee of the
newly formed Syrian National Council, a broad front
bringing together opposition figures inside and
outside the country in an attempt to unite the
dispersed dissident movement.
We, at eKurd.net, send our deepest condolences to
the family, friends and to his political colleagues
in the Kurdish Future Party.
This is distressing evidence of his death:
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