Attack on Kurdish community center: Again riots in Paris: heated atmosphere at protests

After the deadly attack at a Kurdish community center in Paris, numerous people gathered in the French capital to protest on Saturday.

Attack on Kurdish community center: Again riots in Paris: heated atmosphere at protests

After the deadly attack at a Kurdish community center in Paris, numerous people gathered in the French capital to protest on Saturday. Local media reported a partly heated mood. On the fringes of the demonstration on the Place de la République, there were also isolated riots. The broadcaster BFMTV wrote that demonstrators had thrown at the police; with what exactly, was initially unclear. The law enforcement officers used tear gas.

According to the Kurdish umbrella organization Kurdish Democratic Council in France (CDK-F), several thousand people were already there before the protest officially began. The police initially gave no information on the number of participants.

On Friday, a man fired several shots and killed three people in a Kurdish community center as well as a restaurant and a hairdressing salon opposite the center. Three other people were injured in the attack. According to CDK-F, all of the victims are Kurdish activists. The alleged perpetrator, a 69-year-old Frenchman, was arrested. The judiciary is investigating him for intentional killing and serious violence with a racist motive.

The CDK-F rated the attack as a "terrorist attack" that came about after numerous Turkish threats. Turkey has long fought Kurdish independence aspirations, which are being promoted by the banned Kurdish Workers' Party PKK, among others.

A right background of the attack is checked. France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said of the perpetrator: "He obviously wanted to attack foreigners." Whether they are explicitly Kurds is unclear. Media reported that the man told the police that he was a racist and therefore committed the crime. The broadcaster BFMTV wrote that the suspect had stated that he wanted to specifically attack the Kurdish community.

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