February 2, 2023

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White march in tribute to three Kurds killed in Paris: “We fear the Turkish community and the secret services”

The AFP journalist noted that small altars were set up on the sidewalk where the three victims were shot, with their photos and candles and bouquets.

At 12:30 p.m., the procession left for rue La Fayette in the same district of the capital where three Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) operatives were killed in Paris on January 9, 2013.

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Demonstrators chanted “our martyrs are not dead” in Kurdish and “women, life, freedom” in French, and demanded “truth and justice”.

In Rennes, around 600 people attended a demonstration on Monday evening to pay tribute to three Kurds killed on Friday, Ille-et-Vilaine province told AFP.

“There’s a lot of emotion, you can feel it in the atmosphere. For us it’s more than a racist crime,” Fehmi Kaplan, one of the organizers of the demonstration in the center of the city, told AFP. Breton told Capital. During the march, protesters, framed by the resulting security apparatus, launched several fireworks into the sky.

He died of cancer in 2016, weeks before his trial, after allegedly killing three PKK militants in 2013. But civil parties reopened the investigation in 2019 to examine the possible involvement of Turkish intelligence services.

After the attack, France’s Kurds called it an act of “terror” and blamed Turkey.

“We decided to come as soon as we heard about this terrorist attack on Friday (…) We are afraid of Turkish society and the secret services,” a young Kurd from Rotterdam told AFP in English. Paris and did not want to give his family name for fear of reprisals.

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Friday was responsible for the attack, a French citizen and 69 years old, had a history of armed violence and indicated during his arrest that he had acted out of “racism”. He was charged and imprisoned for murder and attempted murder on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality or religion.