3 killed in Paris shooting – Thousands of Kurds from all over Europe have traveled to the outskirts of Paris in order to pay their respects and say goodbye to three of their own people who were killed in an incident in December that took place in the capital city of France. “Martyrs live forever!” they have cried as they have done so. People came from all over France and some of the countries that border France in order to attend the highly sensitive funeral in Villiers-le-Bel, which was located north of Paris.
3 dead after Paris shooting
Charter buses were used to transport these individuals. The flags of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the territory in northern Syria that is held by the Kurdish people, known as Rojava, were wrapped around the coffins of the three people, which included one woman and two men. The gathering watched the funeral on huge screens that had been set up in a parking lot. The screens displayed images of the coffins covered in wreaths and placed in front of a portrait of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is currently serving a life sentence on an island jail off the coast of Istanbul.
Outside of the hall that had been rented for the burial on Tuesday, there were officers of the law and security volunteers on duty. It is believed that a gunman harboring xenophobic sentiments was responsible for the deaths of three Kurds on December 23. In the 10th arrondissement of Paris, the victims were shot both inside and outside of the Ahmet-Kaya center, which is a cultural organization serving the Kurdish population.
Abdurrahman Kizil, a singer and political exile named Mir Perwer, and Emine Kara, a leader in the Movement of Kurdish Women in France were determined to be the three individuals who were killed. On December 26, William Malet, age 69, was formally charged in connection with the shootings. According to the authorities, he confessed to the investigators that he intended to “murder migrants” and had a “pathological” hatred for immigrants. Malet, a retired railway driver, had a criminal history that included convictions for violence and possession of a weapon prohibited by law.
He had just been released after serving a year in prison for an assault with a sword that occurred in a migrant camp. However, a significant portion of the Kurdish minority in France, which numbers approximately 150,000 people, is unconvinced that he acted alone. They refer to his activities as a “terrorist attack” and place the blame on Turkey.
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