Around 22 persons, including some writers and journalists were arrested. Why these operations were executed is not yet know. In some organizations where the police struck, many woman and children were present The representatives of the Kurdish organizations don’t understand why these operations took place. This attitude of the French police proves to be provocative and imposes a stigma on the Kurdish people.
In many French cities, manifestations are ongoing. According to eyewitnesses, the police units acted brutally. They used helicopters and tear-gas. As a result, many were injured .
It’s not the first time and it will probably not be the last time that the police of a European country organizes such a anti- Kurdish operation. The operation is regrettable and unacceptable. With such an attitude, France, as a member of the EU, is an instrument of the Turkish government and it also proves to be accessory to muzzle the Kurdish voice in Europe.
The EU- member states like to talk about the respect for Human rights. These rights however, cannot, in any degree, be less applicable for the Kurds. The freedom of expression and the right to have education in your own language, together with the respect for ethnic and religious diversity are fundamental. The police- operations against the Kurds, also in Europe, reveal a lack of respect towards these rights.
We, the Kurdish Institute of Brussels, the Interparliamentary Group of the Kurds and the coordination Group ‘stop the war against the Kurdish people’, judge the police operations against the Kurdish people and their organizations in France
We ask for the immediate release of the people hold captive. Without any piece of public evidence that justifies the arrests, it is impossible to understand them. As long as people don’t recognize the fundamental Kurdish rights and as long as the repression continues, the Kurds will continue to fight for the recognition of their rights.
The Kurdish Institute of Brussels, the Interparliamentary Group of the Kurds and the coordination Group ‘stop the war against the Kurdish people’