Violence erupts at Kurdish protest over Paris shooting

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                A second day of clashes erupted in Paris on Saturday between Kurdish protesters and police angry over the killing of three members of the community.                </p><div>

                <p>Cars overturned, at least one vehicle was set on fire, shop windows were smashed and a small fire broke out near Republique Square, the site of traditional demonstrations where Kurds had previously staged peaceful protests. has occurred.

Paris police chief Laurent Nunez said the protests had suddenly turned violent, but it is not yet clear why.

Nunez told news channel BFM TV that dozens of protesters had been involved in the violence, adding that there were 11 arrests and about 30 minor injuries.

As some demonstrators left the square, they hurled projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas. The skirmish lasted about two hours before the protesters dispersed.

Gunmen carried out a killing Friday at the Kurdish cultural center and a nearby cafe in the busy district of Paris’ 10th arrondissement, stunning the community as they prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of the unsolved killing of three activists. rice field.

Police have arrested a 69-year-old man who authorities said was recently released from custody while awaiting trial for a saber attack on a migrant camp in Paris a year ago.

After questioning the suspect, investigators added a suspicion of racist motives to the initial charges of murder and armed violence, prosecutors said Saturday.

The suspect was subsequently released from custody on health grounds and taken to the police psychiatric unit, prosecutors said.

A Paris public prosecutor said: “A doctor who examined the suspect later this afternoon said the health of those involved did not meet the criteria for detention.

“Therefore, if his health permits, the detention measures have been lifted pending his presentation before the investigating judge,” it said, adding that the investigation was continuing.

“not protected”

France’s Kurdistan Democratic Council (CDK-F) organized a demonstration in Place de la Republique on Saturday after a Friday afternoon rally that also led to clashes with police.

Hundreds of Kurdish protesters, joined by politicians, including the mayor of Paris’ 10th arrondissement, waved flags and listened to tributes to the victims.

“We have no protection at all. In a decade, six Kurdish activists have been murdered in broad daylight in the center of Paris,” said CDK-F spokesman Berivan Firat at the demonstrations BFM told TV.

She said the event worsened after some protesters were taunted by people making pro-Turkish gestures in passing cars.

Friday’s murders come on the eve of the January 2013 murder of three Kurdish women in Paris.

The investigation was dropped and reopened in 2019 after the lead suspect died shortly before trial.

Kurdish representatives who met with Nunez and French Justice Minister Eric Dupont Moretti on Saturday echoed calls for Friday’s shooting to be considered a terrorist attack.

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters and AFP)

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