Thousands of people demonstrated on Monday in Paris to protest against the armed attack on 23rd December which killed three Kurdish activists. The people called on France to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.
The crowd marched from the Ahmet Kaya Cultural Centre, where the gunman opened fire on Friday, to the Kurdish Information Bureau at Gare Nord, where three female Kurdish activists were murdered 10 years ago.
At the front, there were families of victims of the deadly attack with photos of the murdered Kurdish activists, followed by members of the Kurdish cultural movement.
Evîn Goyî (Emine Kara) who lost her life in Friday’s attack, came to Europe in 2019 and previously worked on projects for displaced Yazidi people; musician Mîr Perwer (M. Şirin Aydın) fled to Turkey due to a final sentence of 20 years imprisonment and applied for political asylum in France; and Abdurrahman Kızıl was a Kurdish patriot in his 60s, reported ANF.
Mîr Perwer’s musician friends joined the march with their musical instruments. A lament in Kurdish was also sung during the demonstration.
Agit Polat, spokesperson of the Kurdish Democratic Council of France (CDK-F) called on French President Emmanuel Macron to lift the confidentiality order on the case files and said “To prevent a new massacre in these lands, the massacre on 9th January must first be clarified,” addressing the murder of three Kurdish activists 10 years ago.
Polat also pointed out that the Kurdish community do not accept evaluations of the incident on a purely racially motivated basis. Kurds believe that the attack that took place in Paris on Friday is connected to the assassinations of three Kurdish women 10 years ago, and that Turkey is behind both attacks.
In January 2013, a Turkish gunman attacked a Kurdish information centre in Paris and killed three Kurdish female activists, including Sakine Cansız, one of the founders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). That incident has remained unsolved and has caused great distress among the Kurds, fuelling mistrust for European institutions.