Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez who were murdered in Paris in 2013 have been commemorated on the eighth anniversary of their death.
PKK founding member Sakine Cansız (Sara), Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) representative in Paris Fidan Doğan (Rojbin) and Leyla Şaylemez (Ronahi) from the Kurdish Youth Movement were assassinated by the Turkish intelligence agency MIT in Paris on 9 January 2013.
Thousands have gathered in the French capital on Saturday to pay tribute to the three revolutionaries. Representatives of Kurdish institutions and Kurdish women’s movement also joined the commemoration which began with a march from Gare de Nord to République Square.
The crowd displayed photos of the three women and Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan and flags of Kurdish organizations and defense forces during the course of the march.
The march was followed by a rally at the République Square which began with a sit-in action that lasted three minutes.
Messages of Cansız and Şaylemez families were followed by speeches of Sevgi Yavaş of TJK-F, Veysel Keser of CDK-F, Mourad Pappazian of the Council of Armenian Organizations in France (CCAF), Laurence Cohen of the Communist Party of France (PCF), Sylvie Jan of the France-Kurdistan Solidarity Association, Esther Benbessa of the Echologists (EELV), Jean Christophe of the Left Party, MP Sabine Rubin of the France Insoumise Party, Djordje Kuzmanovic of République Souveraine, Esra Gülen of the SKB, Adèle Dorada of the UCL, representatives of the Tamil people and Jeremi Chomette of the Danielle Mitterand Foundation.
Speakers denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as responsible for the triple murder and called for his prosecution.
The rally ended with music performance of TEV-ÇAND band.