Kurds protest in Paris against Turkish strikes on PKK

Kurdish demonstrators protest in Paris, France, Saturday, July 25, 2015, denouncing the deaths of 32 people at a suicide bombing last Monday, and condemning strikes on PKK. The banner read: "We demand accountability for the massacre of Suruc" and "Stop the double games of Erdogan." AP

ARA News

Paris – Hundreds of Kurds and leftist Turks marched in central Paris on Saturday, protesting Turkish airstrikes on members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. 

Protestors considered Turkish strikes against the PKK as a collaboration with the militant group of the Islamic State (ISIS), as affiliates of the PKK have been combatting ISIS for months in Syria.

“To hit the PKK is collaborating with Daesh (ISIS),” said one of the banners that was raised in Paris march. 

Speaking to ARA News in Paris, Ibrahim Dogan, one of the protestors, said that the Turkish government has provided a cover to ISIS militants and facilitated their movements across its borders with Syria for months. 

“By hitting the PKK camps in northern Iraq, Turkey tries to weaken Kurds in their fight against ISIS terrorist group,” he said.

“The entire world has seen the atrocities of ISIS, and Turkey is still determined to consider the Kurds, who are fighting ISIS, as terrorists.” 

The march was planned to denounce the death of 32 people in a suicide attack in Suruc city in southern Turkey last Monday. However, Friday’s Turkish strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq led demonstrators to raise banners condemning the “double standards” of the Turkish government. 

Reporting by: Lorin Silo

Source: ARA News 

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