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(Paris) Several hundred people gathered in Paris on Monday for a march in tribute to the three Kurds shot dead on Friday near a Kurdish cultural center by a Frenchman claiming his “racism”, who was presented to a judge in investigation with a view to possible indictment.

This 69-year-old pensioner killed three people in central Paris: Emine Kara, a leader of the Kurdish Women’s Movement in France, and two men, including the artist and political refugee Mir Perwer.

Three men were injured, one of them seriously, but their lives are no longer in danger and one of them has left the hospital. Five of the six victims are of Turkish nationality, the last French.


PHOTO JULIE SEBADELHA, FRANCE-PRESSE AGENCY

Photos of the three victims were deposited in front of the Democratic Center of Kurdistan in Paris.

Friday’s attack shocked the Kurdish community, which denounced a “terrorist” act and blamed Turkey.

This Monday, small altars were erected on the sidewalk, where the three victims were shot, on which were placed their photograph as well as candles and bouquets of flowers, noted an AFP journalist .

A procession headed for another street in the same neighborhood where three militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed on January 9, 2013 in Paris, a case to date unsolved.

“Truth and Justice”

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

“We decided to come as soon as we heard about this terrorist attack on Friday […] We are afraid of the Turkish community and the secret services,” a young Kurd who came to demonstrate from Rotterdam in the Netherlands told AFP in English, who did not wish to give her name for fear of reprisals.

The racist motive for the murders seems proven: the former conductor, described as “depressive” and “suicidal”, told investigators that he had always “wanted to murder migrants, foreigners” since a burglary at his home in 2016, according to the Paris prosecutor, Laure Beccuau.

The man had initially gone, early Friday morning, to Saint-Denis, a popular town north of Paris, with his weapon, “a Colt 45 automatic pistol of caliber 11.43”, to “commit murders of foreign people”, according to the prosecutor.


PHOTO SARAH MEYSSONNIER, REUTERS

The suspect went Friday shortly before noon rue d’Enghien, in the center of Paris, where he knew of the existence of a Kurdish cultural center, and opened fire.

But, he finally gave up “to take action, given the few people present and because of his dress preventing him from reloading his weapon easily”, she specified.

He then returned to his parents’ house, then came out to go shortly before noon to a neighborhood where he knew of the existence of a Kurdish cultural center, and opened fire.

Already sentenced

“Indicating that he is angry with “all migrants”, he claims to have attacked victims he did not know, specifying that he is angry with the Kurds” for having taken “prisoners during their fight against Daesh (acronym in Arabic of the jihadist organization Islamic State) instead of killing them,” the prosecution said.

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

The first elements of the investigation did not make it possible to 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 premeditation and character. racist.

He is suspected of having stabbed migrants at a camp in Paris on December 8, 2021. After a year in pre-trial detention, he was 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 Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux.

The French ambassador to Turkey was summoned by the Turkish government on Monday, as Ankara protested what it perceives as “anti-Turkey propaganda” in France, since the murder of three Kurds in Paris, according to a Turkish diplomatic source.

“We expressed our dissatisfaction with the propaganda launched by PKK circles against our country, the French government and certain politicians being used as instruments of propaganda”, criticized this source.



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