CDK-F to demand justice for victims of 9 January 2013 and 23 December 2022 in two demos

The Kurds will demonstrate on 23 December 2023 and 6 January 2024 in Paris to demand justice for the victims of the two attacks that targeted them on 9 January 2013 and 23 December 2022.

Two demonstrations will start from the Gare du North in Paris. One will be held on 23 December, the other on 6 January. Both are organized by the Kurdish Democratic Council in France (CDK-F) and both will demand justice for the 6 Kurds killed in two separate attacks, on 9 January 2013 and on 23 December 2022.

The CDK-F said in a statement: “On 9 January 2013, a first terrorist attack hit the Kurds in the heart of Paris. It cost the lives of three Kurdish activists: Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez.

Almost 10 years later, on 23 December 2022, three other Kurdish militants lost their lives in a second terrorist attack, still in Paris.

The investigation into the triple assassination of 9 January 2013 revealed numerous clues – corroborated by documents published on the internet – demonstrating that the assassin, Ömer Güney, arrested shortly after the events, had operated under the orders of the secret services Turks (MIT).

The investigation of the first case was, however, hampered by “defense secrecy”, the French authorities refusing to declassify the information held by the internal intelligence service (DGSI).”

The statement continued: “As for the second case, the terrorist nature has not been retained until now, even though the words of the assassin William Malet clearly demonstrate the terrorist motivations of his act which deliberately targeted our association as a representation of the Kurdish people. Despite our fears and concerns about William Malet's terrorist profile, at this stage, investigators have still not questioned the various French intelligence services about the assassin's potential links with foreign services.

Faced with this situation, we reiterate our call for justice and transparency. We demand that investigations into these terrorist attacks be conducted with diligence, integrity and free from political influence. Finally, we once again ask that the anti-terrorist prosecution take over the second case.”

The statement added: “It is imperative that the French authorities take concrete measures to ensure that no aspect is overlooked in these cases, including potential links with foreign countries and the implications of intelligence services.

We also demand the lifting of “defense secrecy” and the publication of documents held by the intelligence services relating to these matters. In addition, we call for increased international cooperation to elucidate in particular the very suspicious profile of William Malet.”