Vowing revenge, 15,000 rally in Paris over Kurd killings
Published on Jan 13, 2013 6:06 AM
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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