France should conduct an extensive investigation into Friday morning’s deadly attack against a Kurdish cultural centre in Paris, European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (KCDK-E) said in a statement as it pointed the finger to Turkey for organising the attack.
“Kurds have become refugees due to the war Turkey wages against the Kurdish people, and have organised themselves in various institutions here. If the politics behind their targeting is not understood, the motivation and purpose of this attack cannot be understood either,” Mezopotamya Agency cited KCDK-E as saying.
The umbrella organisation called on France to “fulfil its responsibility knowing that Turkey was the one directing this”.
“This massacre is not independent of the policies and encouragement of Turkey, which targets Kurds everywhere and leaves them open for attacks and massacres with its genocidal policies,” it said.
KCDK-E also mentioned the 2013 Paris Assassination, when three Kurdish revolutionaries Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez were killed in broad daylight. “If France had investigated that massacre in all aspects, today’s attack would not have taken place.”
The organisation called on Kurds and allies to organise protests throughout Europe.
The Kurdish Democratic Council in France (CDK-F) organised a press conference on Friday evening against the “infamous terrorist attack that came after multiple threats from Turkey, an ISIS ally”, they said.
In the press conference, the group condemned Prosecutor François Molins not considering the shooting to be a terrorist attack.
“They want to gloss over it as a racist attack. We do not accept this,” journalist Amed Dicle cited the CDK-F as saying. “One of the people murdered there is the head of the Kurdish women’s movement in France. This is a political attack.”
Kurdish movements in France are calling for a night vigil at the shooting site on Friday night.