Kurds killed in Paris: incarceration of the alleged shooter, Franco-Turkish tension

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Kurds killed in Paris: Imprisonment of suspected shooter, Franco-Turkish tension

Many Kurds from France and elsewhere demonstrated in Paris after this hateful shooting.

The alleged French killer of three Kurds in Paris on Friday was charged and jailed on Monday as the French ambassador to Ankara was summoned for “anti-Turkey propaganda”.

The suspect, a 69-year-old retired ex-train conductor, who admitted to a pathological hatred of foreigners, has been charged with murder and attempted murder on the basis of race, ethnicity, nation or nationality. religion, as well as for unauthorized acquisition and possession of weapons, according to a judicial source.

During the day, several hundred people gathered for a march in tribute to the victims.

A Kurdish protester holds an image of one of the victims of the December 23, 2022 massacre, during a demonstration organized on December 26 in Paris.

In addition to the three Kurds shot dead in central Paris – Emine Kara, a leader of the Kurdish Women's Movement in France, and two men, including artist and political refugee Mir Perwer – the suspect injured three men, including one seriously. Five of the six victims are of Turkish nationality, the last French.

Friday's attack shocked the Kurdish community, which denounced a terrorist act and implicated Turkey .

In reaction, the French ambassador to Turkey was summoned by the Turkish government on Monday, with Ankara protesting what it perceives as anti-Turkey propaganda in France since the murder of the three Kurds.

“We expressed our dissatisfaction with the propaganda launched by PKK circles against our country, the French government and some politicians being used as tools of propaganda.

—Turkish Diplomatic Source

On Monday, small altars with photographs of the victims, candles and flowers had been erected on the sidewalk where the three victims were shot, an AFP journalist noted.

< p class="e-p">A march took participants to another street in the neighborhood where three Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) activists were killed on January 9, 2013 in Paris, an unsolved case.

The demonstrators chanted in Kurdish Our martyrs do not die and in French Women, life, freedom, while demanding truth and justice.

The racist motive of the murders seems proven: the suspect, described as depressive and suicidal, told investigators that he had always wanted to murder migrants, foreigners after being robbed in 2016, according to Paris prosecutor Laure Beccuau.

Members of the Kurdish community hold portraits of victims Emine Kara and Mir Perwer during a demonstration held at Place de la République in Paris on December 24, 2022, the day after the shooting.

On Friday, he first went to Saint-Denis, a popular town north of Paris, with an 11.43 caliber Colt 45 automatic pistol, to commit murders on foreign people, according to the prosecutor.

But he gave up taking action, given the few people present and because of his clothing preventing him from reloading his weapon easily, she said.

He then returned to his parents' house, then went shortly before noon to a neighborhood where he knew of the existence of x27;a Kurdish cultural center, where he opened fire.

Indicating that he is angry at 'all migrants'', he claims to have attacked victims he did not know, specifying that he is angry at the Kurds for taking prisoners during their fight against Daesh [acronym in Arabic for the jihadist organization Islamic State] instead of killing them, the prosecution claimed.

He intended to use all the ammunition and kill himself with the last bullet, but was stopped by several people at a nearby barbershop before being arrested by the police.

The first elements of the investigation did not establish any link with an extremist ideology.

Already convicted in 2017 for carrying a prohibited weapon and in June for violence with weapons on burglars – the facts he mentioned in police custody – he has been charged since December 2021 for violence with weapons, with premeditated and racist.

He is suspected of having stabbed migrants at a camp in Paris on December 8, 2021. After a year of pre-trial detention, he had been released on December 12.

That the track of the terrorist attack was not retained from the outset aroused anger and incomprehension. Demonstrations in tribute to the victims, sometimes interspersed with violence and degradation, were organized on Saturday in several French cities.

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