The police were forced to use tear gas to disperse the crowd.
A 69-year-old man opened fire in Paris, killing three people. The dead, two men and one woman, were Kurdish by nationality. Two of the injured are in critical condition.
The attack on civilians took place near the Kurdish cultural center.
The shooter has already been questioned by the police. During the arrest, he did not resist and handed over the weapon to the police.
It is known that he was previously arrested for a crime motivated by racial hatred: a year ago he attacked a migrant reception center with a weapon. Then two people were injured.
The French wonder how the terrorist happened to be on the loose. So far, it is only known that the man was released quite some time ago, after the date of the court hearing for his case was determined.
French President Emmanuel Macron called the shooting “an appalling attack on the Kurds.”
– My thoughts are with the victims and those who fight for life, with their families and loved ones. I express my gratitude to law enforcement for their courage and composure. he wrote on his official Twitter page.
Immediately after the shooting in the neighborhood where the Kurdish center is located, the protests began. Kurds living in France not only vandalized restaurants, cafes and offices, but also clashed with the police. To disperse the crowd, the police were forced to use tear gas.
The Kurds are an Indo-European people of West Asia living in the ethnographic and historical region of Kurdistan, which is now part of four countries: Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria.
Large Kurdish communities live in various countries around the world, including France; there are about 240 thousand of them.