Thousands of supporters and members of The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Saturday marched in Paris to protest against the shooting that killed three people on Friday at the Kurdish cultural centre.
In what started as a peaceful march, the demonstrators chanted pro-PKK slogans while carrying posters of their leaders, waving a colorful spectrum of flags representing Kurdish rights groups, left-wing political movements and other causes.
Violent clashes ensued as they approached the Boulevard du Temple where local police fired teargas in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
The protestors responded by ripping off the paving stones and threw them at the police, nearby houses, and shops. They also turned the scene into a battlefield with fireworks and sparklers, destroying anything they came across on the way.
The killing of the three Kurds is suspected to be racially motivated and the alleged 69-year-old murderer was transferred to a psychiatric facility, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and its Western allies.
After a 69 year old Caucasian shooter opened fire at a Kurdish cultural center of in Paris and killed 3 Kurds, now large protests have erupted in the city leading to clashes between the protesters and the police. pic.twitter.com/a78BqG4iVR
— KABUL NEWS (@kabulnewstv) December 25, 2022
Thousands of Kurds protest in Paris
The discontent began after yesterday's incident in the city centre when a 69-year-old pensioner shot three Kurdish activists.
The protesters consider the incident a terrorist attack directed against the Kurdish community. pic.twitter.com/DHBztiFP3A
— Politsturm International (@PolitsturmInter) December 24, 2022