Protests over Kurdish deaths turn violent – Rip News

However, the questioning was later halted on medical grounds and the man transferred to a psychiatric unit, the prosecutor’s office said in an update.

The suspect would be presented to an investigating magistrate when his health permits, it added.

Demonstrators stand next to a burning barricade during a protest against the recent shooting at the Kurdish culture center in Paris on Saturday.Credit:AP

After a gathering on Friday afternoon that had also led to clashes with police, the Kurdish democratic council in France (CDK-F) organised the demonstration at Republic Square.

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

“We are not being protected at all. In 10 years, six Kurdish activists have been killed in the heart of Paris in broad daylight,” Berivan Firat, a spokesperson for the CDK-F, told BFM TV at the demonstration.

She said the event had soured after some protesters were provoked by people making pro-Turkish gestures in a passing vehicle.

Friday’s murders came ahead of the anniversary of the killings of three Kurdish women in Paris in January 2013. An investigation was dropped after the main suspect died shortly before coming to trial, before being re-opened in 2019.

Kurdish representatives, who met on Saturday with Nunez as well as French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, reiterated their call for Friday’s shooting to be considered a terror attack.


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