17 January 2013
DIYARBAKIR -- A funeral took place in Diyarbakir's Batikent Square for three Kurdish women who were killed last week in the French capital of Paris.
The coffins of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez were brought to a platform prepared at the square. Only women were requested to be around the platform. A group of women encircled the coffins. Carnations were placed on the coffins and pigeons were released into air while speeches were made.
Speaking at the funeral, Chairman of the opposition Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Selahattin Demirtas said that they were screaming loud in Diyarbakir so that no more daughters or sons would get killed.
"We can stop the bleeding. We can solve our problems by discussing them," Demirtas underlined.
Another speaker at the funeral, an independent deputy from the south-eastern province of Mardin, Ahmet Turk stressed that they always supported the brotherhood of peoples and a free future.
We want peace and brotherhood, Ahmet Turk indicated.
Following the funeral, the coffins of the three women were sent to their home towns.
Three Kurdish women --Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez-- were found dead on January 10 at Kurdish Information Center in Paris. They were shot in the head --what appeared to be an execution-style killing.
Cansiz is one of the founding members of the terrorist PKK organization which Turkish troops have been fighting against since 1984. The fight has claimed tens of thousands of lives since then.
The women will be laid to rest in their hometown in Turkey upon demand by their families.
After killing of the women, Chairman of BDP Selahattin Demirtas and Deputy Chairperson Gultan Kisanak went to Paris.
Around one thousand supporters of the terrorist organization PKK held a rally in Paris to protest the killing of the women. At the forefront of the PKK cortege, there were Demirtas and Kisanak.
Demirtas, Kisanak and the group of PKK supporters walked to the Kurdish Information Center where the killings took place. Demirtas and Kisanak left flowers in front of the center and received information on the murders from Kurdish representatives of various associations.
BDP's Demirtas accused French intelligence
Demirtas held the French intelligence responsible for the assassination of the women.
"No one should try to explain to us that the assassinations took place without the knowledge of the French intelligence. This is a busy avenue and no one can even use a pop gun here without the knowledge of the French intelligence. We expect the French intelligence to share all information and documents that they have on killings with the public as soon as possible," Demirtas said.
Also, commenting on the killings, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that the murders might be the result of an "internal feud" and or it might be an attempt to derail the Turkish government's "good intentioned efforts" to end the conflict between Turkish troops and the PKK.
Turkish intelligence officials have been conducting talks with the terrorist PKK's jailed head Abdullah Ocalan, in a bid to disarm the terrorist group.
PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization also by the United States and the European Union.