France: Two Kurds arrested in Bordeaux
May 26, 2012
BORDEAUX, — French anti-terrorist police
has once again raided Kurdish houses in Bordeaux.
Two people have been taken into custody. On 22 May
at 6am, police wearing balaclavas and heavily armed
has detained two Kurds, F. E. and A. S., said the
French-Kurd Association in Bordeaux. The motive of
their arrest is unknown. ANF news agency reported.
In addition, seven other people including the
president of the association and a correspondent for
the Kurdish daily"Ozgur Politika" (based in
Frankfurt) were summoned by the police.
If both Kurds are not released, an event will be
held before the prefect of Bordeaux, officials said.
On 11 October 2011, the premises of the
French-Kurdish association and several houses were
raided in Bordeaux and seven people were arrested,
three days after the anti-Kurdish agreement signed
on October 7 between Paris and Ankara. Five of the
seven people arrested had were indicted in Paris by
an anti-terrorism judge, who ordered the detention
of four of them.
On 31 January 2012 five Kurds were arrested during
an operation in Ile-de-France.
The latest arrests follow the departure of Sarkozy
who has been replaced by the socialist president
Hollande. Obviously the anti-Kurdish cooperation
between France and Turkey continues despite the
change of president. The former French Minister of
Foreign Affairs Alain Juppé declared to be "fully
supportive" of the action of Turkey in the "dirty
war" against the Kurds during his visit to Ankara,www.ekurd.net
on 18 November.
The anti-Kurdish agreement was signed on October 7
between France and Turkey against the Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK), during the visit of former
French Interior Minister Claude Gueant to Ankara.
Turkey is now one of the most repressive countries
in the world, and has become the biggest prison for
journalists, as well as human rights defenders,
The Kurdish community asks the Socialist government
to end this "dirty collaboration" with Turkey. In an
open letter to candidates in the presidential
election, the National Kurdistan Solidarity
Coordination (CNSK) which includes Kurdish
associations, the French Communist Party (PCF) and
MRAP had requested cancellation of security
cooperation agreements, signed with Turkey, and
initiatives to promote a peaceful political
settlement of the Kurdish question.
Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been
fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the
constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a
Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous
and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who
constitute the greatest minority in Turkey,
numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's
Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees,
lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the
way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within
Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader
Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against
the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural
rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish
language and private Kurdish language courses with
the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish
politicians say the measures fall short of their
The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara and U.S. The PKK continues to be on the
blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which
overturned a decision
to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its
political wing on the European Union's terror list.
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