March in France after attack on Kurdish center

PARIS (HPD) — Kurdish activists, left-wing politicians and anti-racist groups marched in Paris Saturday after an attack on a Kurdish cultural center that killed three people and was believed by authorities to be racist.

The attack in a busy central Paris neighborhood also injured three and raised fears of attacks against racial minorities as far-right sectors have gained prominence in France and across Europe.

The alleged attacker was injured and is in custody. He is a 69-year-old Parisian who was accused last year of attacking migrants and was released a few days ago. He faces potential charges of murder and attempted murder with a racist motive, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Saturday.

Thousands of people gathered in the Place de la République in eastern Paris on Saturday, waving flags of Kurdish human rights groups, political parties and other causes. The march was mostly peaceful, although some youths threw objects and scuffled with police, who responded with tear gas. Some protesters shouted slogans against the Turkish government.

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