Hundreds march in Paris to honor the Kurds who were killed by gunfire
On Monday, hundreds of people atteGunfirended a large demonstration in Paris (Dec. 26) to keep three Kurds who died in the French capital last week while a judge decided whether to charge the alleged shooter, Hundreds march in Paris.
The suspect, a 69-year-old French man, admitted to having a “pathological” hatred of foreigners and spent almost a day in a psychiatric facility before being returned to police custody on Sunday, officials said.
Friday’s shootings at a Kurdish cultural center and a nearby hair salon caused panic in the busy 10th district of the city, where there are many shops and restaurants and many Kurds.
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I hurt three more people in the attack, but none of their injuries were life-threatening, and one was already out of the hospital.
We killed three Kurds in 2013, and their deaths are still unsolved. Many people blame Turkey for these murders.
Many people in the Kurdish community are angry with the French security services because they say they didn’t do enough to stop the shooting.
Saturday, people’s anger boiled over, and for the second day in a row, they fought with police in the center of Paris after a tribute rally.
On Monday, hundreds of people marched through the 10th district, chanting in Kurdish, “Our martyrs do not die,” and calling for “truth and justice.”
After hearing about the terrorist incident on Friday, we decided to come right away,” a young woman told AFP. She was concerned for her safety, so she avoided giving her full name.
“The Turkish community and secret services scare us.”
Small altars with candles, flowers, and pictures of the three people who were shot and killed were set up on the sidewalk.
A procession went to another street in the same neighborhood where three Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members were killed in January 2013.
HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
French media have called the suspect William M. He likes guns and has a history of breaking the law. He was released on bail earlier this month.
In 2016, a court in Seine-Saint-Denis found the retired train driver guilty of armed violence, but he filed an appeal.
He was found guilty of illegally having a gun a year later.
The suspect said that he first wanted to kill people in Seine-Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris with many immigrants.
But he changed his mind because there weren’t many people around, and it was hard for him to reload his gun because of what he was wearing, the prosecutor said of the Friday shooting.
He then returned to his parent’s house and thought about going to the 10th district but decided against it.
He was charged with racist violence last year after he was said to have stabbed migrants and cut their tents with a sword in a park in eastern Paris.
The prosecutor in Paris said that the suspect, who was “depressed” and “suicidal,” told investigators he had wanted to kill migrants and foreigners for a long time, ever since his home was broken into in 2016.
The prosecutor said that when his parents’ house, a computer, and a smartphone were searched, they found no links to an extremist ideology.
The suspect said he got his gun from a shooting club member four years ago. He said he hid it at his parent’s house and had never used it.
The Kurds are an ethnic group of Muslims who live in Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. They are often called the world’s most prominent people without a state.