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Vowing revenge, 15,000 rally in Paris over Kurd killings

Published on Jan 13, 2013 6:06 AM
People hold posters of Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), during a demonstration on January 12, 2013 in Paris, two days after Cansiz and two Kurdish activits were found shot dead at Paris Kurdistan Information Bureau. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - At least 15,000 Kurds from all over Europe vowed revenge as they rallied on Saturday in Paris over the killing of three top Kurdish activists from a separatist group banned in Turkey.

The march, which began at the city's Gare de l'Est railway station, was emotionally charged, with demonstrators saying France would be an accomplice in the brazen murders if it did not identify and punish the killers.

Organisers disputed the police estimate saying more than 50,000 people joined the demonstration. "This crime is a crime against the Kurdish people and against peace," said a woman demonstrator, calling for an end to the listing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as a terrorist organisation.

"The French state bears a responsibility. If the perpetrators of these crimes are not found, France will be indisputably considered as an accomplice," said a leaflet published and distributed by France's main Kurdish association, Feyka.

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