Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

January 10, 2013

France: 3 Kurdish women 'executed' in Paris

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"This is a trap placed on the path to a solution of the Kurdish problem, it is a political assassination," Kisanak said.

"How dare they present the murder of a revolutionary on internal strife without any evidence?" she said in response to Celik's comment.

In the streets of Paris, the protesters blamed Turkey.

"Where are French? Where is that solidarity? I think that the state of Turkey did this," said one man in the Paris crowd, identifying himself only as Ali.

Turkey frequently accuses, France, Germany and the Netherlands — home to large numbers of Kurds from Turkey — of supporting the PKK, failing to extradite wanted militants and of not backing Turkey's "fight against terrorism."

Turkish officials say the PKK raises funds through extortion or other criminal activities in European countries that have a large number of Kurdish immigrants.

France has a large Kurdish community concentrated in the Paris region and French police have occasionally arrested Kurds suspected of illegally financing the PKK.

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Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.

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