French in new crackdown on Kurds
23 May 2012
Two Kurds have been taken into custody in 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.
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The latest arrests follow the departure of Sarkozy who has been replaced by the socialist president Hollande.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 preisdent. 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, 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, students.
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.
ANF / BORDEAUX
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