Sakine, Fidan and Leyla commemorated where they were murdered

Kurdish revolutionaries Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez, who were murdered in French capital Paris on January 9, 2013, have been commemorated in front of the Kurdistan Information Office where they were assassinated.

Kurds and their political friends gathered in front of the Paris Democratic Society Center at 11:00 this morning and started a march to the Kurdistan Information Office where PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) founding member Sakine Cansız, KNK (Kurdistan National Congress) Paris Representative Fidan Doğan and Kurdish Youth Movement member Leyla Şaylemez were murdered on January 9, 2013 in Paris.

Demonstrators observed a minute's silence in front of the Kurdistan Information Office at Gar de Nord where Zozan Serhat on behalf of the Kurdish Women's Movement in Paris, Esra Demir on behalf of the Union of Socialist Women and France Democratic Kurdish Council (CDK-F) Co-president Cemile Renkliçay held speeches.

Speakers said: “We know Turkey and imperialist dark forces are behind the Paris murders. We will insist more than ever for the exposure of the truth on the case, and be on vigil here every Wednesday.”


Speaking during the commemoration, Paris Deputy Mayor Hélėne Bidard stated the followings: “We will continue to stand with you until light is shed on the murders. As the Municipality of Paris, we are still working on a project to name a street and square after the three Kurdish women murdered here. The Municipality of Paris always has its doors open for you.”

Salmon on behalf of Solidarité Femmes, MRAP President Renée Le Mignot and Solidarité Feminist Kobanê Representative underlined that the French state was responsible to shed light on this triple murder, saying: “Sakine Cansız is the symbol of the Kurdish women's struggle. Kurdish women are leading a struggle that will set an example to us in every regard.”

Speaking after, Leyla Şaylemez's father Cumali Şaylemez said: "I extend my thanks to the women and Kurds that have staged protests all around Europe since the first day of this massacre. We will never give up on this case as long as we live."