A demand for "truth and justice" in Paris march
Hundreds of people marched in Paris on Monday to pay tribute to three Kurds who were killed in an armed attack on Friday.
The march began in the street that the attack took place, and ended in rue Lafayette, where three Kurdish women activists were assassinated 10 years ago, in 9 January 2013.
Emine Kara, a Kurdish woman activist, Mir Perwer (Mehmet Sirin Aydin), a political refugee and artist, and Abdurrahman Kizil was killed in the 23 December attack on a Kurdish cultural center and nearby shops, allegedly carried out by a William M., who has confessed to a "pathological" hatred for foreigners and spent a day in a psychiatric facility before being returned to police custody on Sunday.
Several hundred people marched in the 10th arrondissement, chanting "Martyrs do not die" and "Women, life, freedom" in Kurdish, and demanding "truth and justice."
"We decided to come as soon as we heard about Friday's terrorist attack," one young woman told French news agency AFP, declining to give her name for fear of reprisals. "We are afraid of the Turkish community and secret services," she said.
Small altars bearing candles, flowers and the photos of the three victims were put up on the pavement.
In his speech, Agit Polat, spokesperson for the Kurdish Democratic Center of France (CDKF), addressed French President Emmanuel Macron, saying:
"Mr. President, a deep feeling of insecurity remains at the highest level within the Kurdish community in France. The Kurds need guarantees and to be heard."
"The Kurdish community does not believe the prosecutor's statements. The racist motive cannot be the only one retained. We want answers. The defense secrecy on the 2013 attack must also be lifted."