Kurdish artists protest in front of the Ministry of Culture in Paris

Kurdish artists protested in front of the French Ministry of Culture with a photo of singer Mîr Perwer, who was shot dead in Paris, demanding a complete investigation of the attack on the Ahmet Kaya Cultural Centre.

Kurds continue to take to the streets in Paris to demand a full investigation into the attack on the Ahmet Kaya Cultural Centre, a Kurdish restaurant and a Kurdish barbershop on 23 December. After a protest took place near the Ministry of Justice on Wednesday, Kurdish artists today marched in front of the Ministry of Culture with a banner bearing a photo of the murdered musician Şirîn Aydın, known by his stage name Mîr Perwer. The banner of the Kurdish cultural movement TEV-ÇAND read in Kurdish and French: "A free singer in love with his country - Mîr Perwer".

The participating musicians brought their instruments and laid flowers in front of the ministry. Deza Amed made a statement on behalf of the artists, referring to the fascist attacks on Kurdish musicians in Turkey: "We are killed and imprisoned for singing songs.”

For this reason, many artists fled to Europe to seek political asylum, Deza continued: "One of them was Mîr Perwer, but the fascist terror has also come to Europe, and he was shot.”

The artists demanded a full investigation of the attack and state protection for Kurds in France and called for worldwide solidarity with the Kurdish people. Afterwards, the Kurdish marching song "Herne Pêş" was sung together. Finally, the participants shouted: "Şehîd namirin" (Martyrs are immortal).

In addition to Mîr Perwer, Evîn Goyî (Emine Kara), KCK executive council member, YPJ veteran in the fight against ISIS and leading representative of the Kurdish women's movement, as well as long-time activist Abdurrahman Kızıl were murdered in the attack last Friday. The funerals are to take place in Kurdistan, but so far, the bodies have not been delivered by the French authorities. Three other people were injured in the armed attack.

The perpetrator, William Mallet, was arrested for multiple murder and attempted murder with racist motives. The Kurdish community as well as many politicians and representatives of various organisations oppose the theory of a confused lone perpetrator and demand that the public prosecutor's office, which is responsible for terrorist offences, conduct the investigation.

The attack is the second targeted attack on Kurds in Paris. Ten years ago, on 9 January 2013, Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez were shot dead in the nearby Kurdistan Information Centre by a contract killer from the Turkish secret service MIT. No one has been punished for the triple murder to this day. The imprisoned perpetrator died under mysterious circumstances shortly before the trial began. The assassination is still treated as a state secret by France. On 23 December, activities to mark the anniversary of the political assassination were to be discussed at the Ahmet Kaya Cultural Centre. As the start of the meeting was delayed, many people were in the entrance area.