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Fatal shots at Kurds in Paris: Turkey apparently orders a French ambassador


A 69-year-old Frenchman shot dead three Kurds in Paris just before Christmas. The subsequent protests by Kurdish activists have apparently resulted in diplomatic complications.

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Kurdish protests in Paris

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In connection with the fatal shooting of three Kurds in Paris, the Turkish government has apparently summoned the French ambassador.

According to the AFP news agency, the reason was Kurdish protests following the crimes.

The Turkish government has criticized the French authorities for not having done enough to combat "anti-Turkish propaganda," AFP reported, citing diplomatic circles.

Ankara is apparently dissatisfied

"We have expressed our dissatisfaction with the propaganda launched by PKK circles against our country and that the French government and some politicians are being used as a propaganda tool," Ankara said.

The PKK is the acronym for the banned Kurdish Workers' Party, classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey and most Western countries.

In the attack on Friday, the alleged perpetrator, a 69-year-old Frenchman, shot dead three people and injured three others near a Kurdish cultural center in Paris.

According to the public prosecutor's office, he admitted a "pathological hatred" for foreigners.

The act sparked protests from Kurdish groups and their supporters.

Some of the demonstrators waved PKK flags.

Connections between Turkey and the alleged perpetrator are said to have been indicated on some posters.

Judge orders custody

On Monday, an investigating judge initiated an official investigation into the alleged perpetrator and ordered him to be held in custody.

According to sources in the judiciary, he is being investigated for murder and attempted murder on grounds of race, ethnicity, nationality or religion, and illegal acquisition and possession of weapons.

After his act, he was temporarily placed in a psychiatric ward.

Meanwhile, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the French capital for a memorial march at the site of the racist attack.

They demanded "truth and justice" and reportedly chanted in Kurdish: "Our martyrs will not die."

According to the Kurdish umbrella organization »Democratic Kurdish Council in France (CDK-F)«, all the victims are Kurdish activists.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2022-12-26

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