British police detain Kurds on their way to Paris commemoration
5 people, who were travelling from London to attend the commemoration ceremony for the 3 Kurdish activists murdered in Paris, were detained by the British police.
Executives of the Kurdish Community Centre and the Kurdish Women's Movement, who departed from London to attend the commemoration ceremony in Paris, were detained by the British Police in Folkestone Euro Tunnel.
The British police stopped the vehicle carrying Kurdish journalist Diren Dicle Erden, London Kurdish People's Assembly Co-Chairs Türkan Budak, Baran Kasakol, British Kurdish People's Assembly member Ercan Akbal and Kurdish Women's Movement spokeswoman Birsen Poyraz on the grounds of "terrorism suspicion" after the passport control.
The Kurdish activists were detained, and all their belongings were confiscated after the vehicle was thoroughly searched.
The British police asked the detained Kurds why they wanted to attend the funeral of three Kurds killed in France, as well as what the Kurds expect from Britain and France, “Do you support the protests?”, “Why were the Kurds targeted?”, “Did the Turkish intelligence carry out this attack in Paris?”.
The Kurdish activists were released after more than 6 hours of detention.