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France: Thousands pay tribute to Kurdish women activists slain in Paris

France, Paris
January 7, 2017 at 18:21 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of pro-Kurdish demonstrators marched through the streets of Paris, Saturday, to pay tribute to the three Kurdish female activists who were shot dead in Paris on January 9, 2013 in the French capital.

The protesters rallied at Gare de Nor before proceeding to march towards Republique, where a rally was held. Nursel Kilic, a representative of the Kurdish Women's Movement, alleged that the killings were carried out by the Turkish state, adding that her group also condemns "the silence of the European states and especially the France, which allowed the trial not to take place at the right time, to postpone the trial and today we will continue to ask to the French justice to do justice and elucidate this case."

The killing of the activists left the Kurdish community in France reeling. It has been alleged that the deadly attack on the Kurdish activists was carried out in a bid to sabotage the peace talks, which were taking place at the time.

Three Kurdish women were found dead, from injuries sustained from bullet wounds, in Paris' Kurdistan Information Centre on January 10, 2013. The victims were Sakine Cansiz, a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK); Fidan Dogan, a member of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) based in Brussels; and a young activist, Leyla Soylemez.

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Thousands of pro-Kurdish demonstrators marched through the streets of Paris, Saturday, to pay tribute to the three Kurdish female activists who were shot dead in Paris on January 9, 2013 in the French capital.

The protesters rallied at Gare de Nor before proceeding to march towards Republique, where a rally was held. Nursel Kilic, a representative of the Kurdish Women's Movement, alleged that the killings were carried out by the Turkish state, adding that her group also condemns "the silence of the European states and especially the France, which allowed the trial not to take place at the right time, to postpone the trial and today we will continue to ask to the French justice to do justice and elucidate this case."

The killing of the activists left the Kurdish community in France reeling. It has been alleged that the deadly attack on the Kurdish activists was carried out in a bid to sabotage the peace talks, which were taking place at the time.

Three Kurdish women were found dead, from injuries sustained from bullet wounds, in Paris' Kurdistan Information Centre on January 10, 2013. The victims were Sakine Cansiz, a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK); Fidan Dogan, a member of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) based in Brussels; and a young activist, Leyla Soylemez.

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