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In a violent protest, three Kurdish activists were murdered, causing the destruction of millions of euros worth of property in Paris.

Minute readDecember 25, 20225:40 AM GMT+11Last Updated a day ago Kurdish protest over Paris shooting turns violent By Manuel Ausloos and Antony Paone PARIS, Dec. 24 (Reuters) – Clashes between police and Kurdish protestors angry about the killing of three members of their community by a gunman broke out for a second day on Saturday in Paris. The clashes occurred after the gunman killed the three people in their community.

Near Republic Square, a traditional venue for demonstrations where Kurds previously held a peaceful protest, cars were overturned, at least one vehicle was burned, shop windows were damaged, and small fires were started.

Laurent Nunez, the head of the Paris police, said that the protest had suddenly turned violent, but it wasn’t clear why.

On the news channel BFM TV, Nunez said that a few dozen protesters were to blame for the violence. He also said that 11 people had been arrested and about 30 people had minor injuries.

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Police responded with tear gas as some demonstrators left the square and threw projectiles at them. Approximately two hours passed before the protesters dispersed.

A shooter completed the killings at a Kurdish social place and close by bistro on Friday in a bustling piece of Paris’ tenth region, dazzling a local area planning to recognize the tenth commemoration of the unsettled homicide of three activists.
Members of the Kurdish community gather at Place de la Republique square on December 24, 2022, in Paris, France, while a man reacts while holding a photograph of Mir Perwer (Mehmet Sirin Aydin), who was killed in a shooting. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier The police arrested a 69-year-old man who, according to the authorities, had just been released from detention while awaiting trial for a sabre attack on a Parisian migrant camp last year.

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The prosecutor’s office said on Saturday that after questioning the suspect, they had added a possible racist motive to the initial allegations of murder and weapon violence.

However, the man was moved to a psychiatric unit after the questioning was stopped for medical reasons, according to an update from the prosecutor’s office.
After a shooting on December 24, 2022, Kurdish people gather at the Place de la Republique square in Paris, France. It added that the suspect will be presented to an investigating magistrate when his health permits. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The demonstration that was held on Saturday at Republic Square was organized by the Kurdish democratic council in France (CDK-F), which followed a gathering on Friday afternoon that also resulted in confrontations with police.

Politicians, including the mayor of Paris’s 10th district, joined hundreds of Kurdish protesters as they waved flags and listened to tributes to the victims.

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“We are not being safeguarded by any means. Berivan Firat, a CDK-F spokesperson, told BFM TV at the demonstration, “Six Kurdish activists have been killed in the heart of Paris in broad daylight in the past ten years.”

She stated that some protesters were provoked by pro-Turkish gestures in a passing vehicle, which led to the event’s demise.

Friday’s homicides came in front of the commemoration of the killings of three Kurdish ladies in Paris in January 2013.

After the primary suspect passed away shortly before the trial, the investigation was halted and reopened in 2019.

Kurdish representatives reiterated their call for the shooting on Friday to be considered a terror attack during their meeting with Nunez and French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti on Saturday.

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