- The Kurds first held a peaceful protest near Republic Square, a traditional place for protests in Paris.
- Later, several cars were overturned there and at least one vehicle was burnt.
- Furious, the protesters broke the windows of the shops and started arson.
Paris. Violent clashes broke out for the second day on Saturday between Kurdish protesters and police angry over the killing of three members of their community in Paris. Kurds have previously held peaceful protests near Republic Square, a traditional place for protests. Later, several cars were overturned there and at least one vehicle was burnt. Furious, the protesters broke the windows of the shops and started arson. Paris police chief Laurent Nunez said the protest had suddenly turned violent but it was not yet clear what had caused it.
Paris police chief Laurent Nunez said a few dozen protesters were responsible for the violence, which resulted in 11 arrests and about 30 minor injuries. As soon as some protesters left the square, they threw projectiles at the police. To which the police responded with tear gas. Clashes continued for about two hours before the protesters dispersed. Significantly, on Friday, a gunman carried out the killings of three people in a Kurdish cultural center and a nearby cafe in a busy area of Paris. In this case, the police arrested a 69-year-old man.
Officials said the man, who was awaiting trial for a knife attack at a migrant camp in Paris a year ago, had recently been released from custody. The prosecutor’s office said on Saturday that after questioning the suspect, investigators had added a suspected racist motive to the initial charges of murder and violence with weapons. While there were police clashes with Kurdish people even after a meeting on Friday afternoon. In France, the Kurdish Democratic Council (CDK-F) organized a demonstration on Republic Square on Saturday. In which violence again took place.