Police used tear gas to disperse Kurdish protesters on Friday near a Kurdish cultural center in central Paris in front of which a man killed three people at midday, AFP journalists noted. Five police officers were injured and one person was arrested for violence against the police, a police source told AFP.
These incidents began when the crowd ran into a police cordon protecting the crime scene. The clashes occurred shortly after a press briefing by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who came to the scene to take stock of the investigation.
Cobblestones, garbage fires and tear gas
The demonstrators then threw projectiles at the security forces who responded with tear gas canisters. Garbage cans were set on fire and barricades erected in the street. The windows of several private and police vehicles were smashed by cobblestones and bricks, and many fires were lit on the roadway, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis and boulevard de Strasbourg.
“PKK” (Workers’ Party of Kurdistan), “martyrs do not die! “, chanted in particular demonstrators. Shortly before, some of them had tried to force their way to the Kurdish cultural center, rue d’Enghien. In Marseille, about 150 Kurds marched in an undeclared demonstration between Canebière and the prefecture where they were blocked by a police cordon. Four people were arrested on the sidelines of the demonstration.
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