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Justice vigil held in Paris for Kurdish activists

A Vigil was held at Ahmet Kaya Cultural Centre where hundreds continue to pay their respects to the three Kurdish activists killed in Paris last week. 

Three Kurdish activists were killed and three others injured in the armed attack on 23 December on the Ahmet Kaya Cultural Centre, a Kurdish restaurant and a Kurdish-run barbershop on Rue d'Enghien in the tenth arrondissement of Paris. The victims of the targeted attack are Evîn Goyî (Emine Kara), a member of the KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council, YPJ (Women’s Defense Units) veteran in the fight against ISIS and leading representative of the Kurdish women's movement, musician Mîr Perwer (M. Şirin Aydın) and long-time activist Abdurrahman Kızıl.

Judicial authorities in France charged a suspected gunman on Monday with last week's murder. Hundreds of people marched in Paris to pay tribute to the victims. The Turkish foreign ministry on Monday summoned France's ambassador over "anti-Turkey propaganda".

The attacker, A retired train driver, was convicted for armed violence in 2016 by a court in Seine-Saint-Denis.

A year later he was convicted for illegally possessing a firearm.

Last year, he was charged with racist violence after allegedly stabbing migrants and slashing their tents with a sword in a park in eastern Paris.

Turkey on Thursday denounced French politicians for attending a Paris protest over the killing of three Kurds, where demonstrators waved flags of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

More than 150,000 Kurds live in France and they have complained about being victims of violence. 

The unresolved 2013 murder of three activists who belonged to the PKK In Paris, continues to be a contentious issue between France and Turkey. The victims' families accused Turkish state intelligence of orchestrating the killings.

The only suspect who was due to go on trial died in December 2016 from brain cancer, but a French judicial investigation into the killings continues.

The targeting of political activists in Paris has impacted both the Tamil and Kurdish communities. 

In 2012, Nadarajah Mathinthiran, also known as Paruthi, who headed the French Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC-France) was shot at least three times and killed as he was leaving the TCC office at Pyranees in Paris 20. 

This year also marked 26 years since two Tamil activists were shot dead in a Parisian neighbourhood, a murder that shocked the Tamil diaspora worldwide and remains unsolved to this day.

Kandiah Gajendran, also known as Gajan, was the editor of Paris based Tamil weekly 'Eelamurasu' and Kandiah Perinpanathan, known as Nathan, was in-charge of LTTE's international finance. The two men aged 30 and 32-years old respectively, were strolling down Boulevard de La Chapelle on the 26th of October 1996 - a neighbourhood which had a long established and thriving Eelam Tamil community.

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