Crime & Justice

Protests over Kurdish community center killings turn violent in Paris

Paris, Dec 24 (EFE).- Protests over the killing of three Kurdish people in central Paris turned violent on Saturday.

Several thousand people gathered for a march in the central Place de la Republique, which is located near the crime scene where a 69-year-old French national opened fire outside a Kurdish community center on Friday, killing three and injuring three before he was arrested.

The protest, which involved participants waving the flag of the PKK Kurdish militant group, classed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and the European Union, was largely peaceful.

But breakaway groups clashed with the police and torched cars in nearby streets, despite protest organizers and monitors attempting to defuse the situation.

Police officers used to tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowds.

The man behind the shooting on Friday had apparent racist intentions, authorities have told French media.

He had recently been released from custody pending trial for charges relating to a sword attack against migrant tents in December 2021. EFE


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