PARIS: Thousands of folks, some shouting “Erdogan terrorist”, took to the streets of Paris and other European cities on Saturday (Oct 12) in protest at the Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria.
Protesters marching below the Kurdish green, red and yellow flag waved placards reading “Trump = serial killer” or “the correct leader of Daesh”, referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Organisers stated “extra than 20,000 folks” took portion in the demonstration in Paris immediately after Ankara stepped up its assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria on Saturday, defying mounting threats of international sanctions.
“Turkey is invading Rojava (the self-proclaimed Kurdish zone in northeast Syria) and Europe is watching,” they shouted as they marched towards Chatelet in central Paris.
In France, a spokesman for a single Kurdish group known as for US and European Union sanctions against Turkey.
There have been comparable protests in other French cities like Marseille, Strasbourg – the seat of the European parliament – Bordeaux, Lille and Grenoble.
The Turkish offensive started on Wednesday immediately after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border.
Trump has faced a firestorm of criticism for abandoning a loyal ally in the US-led campaign against the Islamic State group.
Pro-Kurdish protests have been also held across Germany with extra than 10,000 participants in Cologne, according to news agency DPA.
Scores of Kurds also marched via Cyprus?s capital Nicosia, with a single protester holding up a banner that study: “Do not be an accomplice to the genocide of the Kurdish nation.”
Demonstrators also gathered in Sweden and Belgium and protests will later be held in the Greek capital Athens.
“Turkey is attempting to carry out an ethnic cleansing and reinforce jihadism… to make the West kneel. Because the starting of the Turkish army invasion operation dormant Daesh cells have committed attacks,” Agit Polat, spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Council in France, stated in Paris.
“At all fees, there ought to be concrete financial sanctions from the European Union and the United States vis-avis Turkey,” he added.
Polat also urged France to recall its ambassador to Turkey.
Quite a few French politicians from leftist to green took portion in the march.
“It is historical nonsense what is taking place in the north-east of Syria due to the fact they are the most faithful allies of France” stated France Unbowed MP Eric Coquerel.
Green Celebration senator Esther Benbassa stated France ought to suspend the sale of arms to Turkey.
Finland, Germany, Norway and The Netherlands have currently announced that they are stopping arms exports to the nation.