On its website, the PYD describes itself as believing in "social equality, justice and the freedom of belief" as well as "pluralism and the freedom of political parties". It describes itself as "striving for a democratic solution that includes the recognition of cultural, national and political rights, and develops and enhances their peaceful struggle to be able to govern themselves in a multicultural, democratic society. Like its sister organisations in the KCK umbrella, the PYD is critical of nationalism , including Kurdish nationalism ,  in contrast to the Kurdish nationalist aims of the Kurdish National Council. In order to exert pressure on regional rivals, former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad supported Kurdish factions in neighboring Iraqi and Turkish Kurdistan. PYD members suffered years of violent repression at the hands of the Syrian government. According to Human Rights Watch , the Syrian government saw the party as a particular threat due to its "ability to mobilise large crowds", and suspected it of organising numerous demonstrations.
Syria – A Case Study in Propaganda
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Case study Syria
A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups , including the majority Syrian Arabs , Kurds , Turkmens , Assyrians , Armenians , Circassians ,  Mandaeans ,  and Greeks. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis are the largest religious group. Syria is a unitary republic consisting of 14 governorates and is the only country that politically espouses Ba'athism. It is a member of one international organization other than the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement ; it was suspended from the Arab League in November  and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ,  and self-suspended from the Union for the Mediterranean.