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Thousands of Kurds and PKK supporters gathered in Paris today.

Thousands of Kurds and PKK supporters gathered in Paris today.

Three members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), recently found murdered in Paris, were conducting civil politics and were not terrorists, the Kurdish-focused Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) head said today during a protest held in the French capitol. 

Responding to earlier comments issued by Turkey's prime minister to French President François Hollande demanding an explanation as to why France's leader was meeting with terrorists, Selahattin Demirtas called the murdered women 'people who conducted civil politics.' 

"Those should not be the kind of statements that a prime minister striving for peace makes," Demirtas said. "These people are not terrorists. They were conducting civil politics. Instead of questioning that you should be working to solve these murders, these massacres. That is what the prime minister of Turkey should be doing right now."

Thousands of Kurds and PKK supporters gathered in Paris today, including Diyarbakir Deputy Leyla Zana. 
European PKK representatives, Zubeyiz Aydar and Remzi Kartal were also present at the protest. 

The crowds chanted slogangs of revenge, according to daily Hürriyet. 

January/12/2013

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Subhan Azeri

1/13/2013 3:23:14 PM

Folks, killing innocent people, civilians and soldiers and leave families in grief IS NOT TERRORISM any more. So, PKK can go ahead and continue their usual business, i.e. kill people. And foreign countries like France and Germany can support them. That's not a big deal either...

Falk Bernard

1/13/2013 3:52:04 AM

Sakine Cansiz had been the financier of PKK in Europe. Selling weapons and such to kill Turks in Turkey. "Conducted civil politics": yeah right.

Kerem Kemal

1/12/2013 10:56:09 PM

they were terrorists and members of a terrorist organization

Nadiri Başaran

1/12/2013 10:03:00 PM

People who conduct civil politics don't carry automatic weapons!

Ali Karp

1/12/2013 6:55:16 PM

Sure. They are NOT terrorists. They just push the younger and more impressionable to the front line.
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