People look at an overturned vehicle as members of the Kurdish community attend a demonstration following a shooting in Paris on Dec. 24, 2022.

Iran PressEurope: Clashes broke out for a second day in Paris between police and members of the Kurdish community due to anger at the killing of three members of the Kurdish community yesterday.

Cars were overturned, at least one vehicle was burned, and small fires were set alight near Republic Square, the traditional venue for demonstrations in the city where Kurds earlier held a peaceful protest.

The clashes broke out as some demonstrators left the square, throwing projectiles at police who responded with tear gas. Skirmishes continued for around two hours before the protesters dispersed.

A gunman carried out the killings at a Kurdish cultural center and nearby cafe in a busy part of Paris' 10th district, stunning a community preparing to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the unresolved murder of three activists.

Police arrested a 69-year-old man who the authorities said had recently been freed from detention while awaiting trial for a saber attack on a migrant camp in Paris a year ago.

"Following questioning of the suspect, investigators had added a suspected racial motive to initial accusations of murder and violence with weapons," the prosecutor's office said.

"The questioning of the suspect was continuing," the prosecutor's office added.

President Emmanuel Macron said France's Kurdish community had been the target of a heinous attack, while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that the suspected assailant had clearly wanted to target foreigners.

After an angry crowd clashed with police yesterday afternoon, the Kurdish democratic council in France organized a gathering at Republic Square.

Hundreds of Kurdish protesters, joined by politicians including the mayor of Paris' 10th district, waved flags and listened to tributes to the victims.


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