Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top aide on Sunday condemned the street unrest that hit Paris following the killing of three Kurds by outlawed PKK militants.
“This is the French PKK,” tweeted President Erdogan’s foreign policy adviser Ibrahim Kalin, posting an image of an overturned and burning car in Paris.
“The same terrorist organization you support in Syria,” he wrote, apparently referring to the YPG.
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey and its Western allies.
Ankara has been at odds with US and European powers over their support for Kurdish fighters in the People’s Protection Units (YPG), portrayed as the Syrian branch of the PKK.
The YPG played a central role in the US-led campaign against the jihadists of the Islamic State group in Syria. It has not been banned as a terrorist organization by either the United States or the European Union. This has always been a tense issue in our relationship with NATO member Turkey.
“The same PKK that has killed thousands of Turks, Kurds and security forces over the last 40 years. Now they are burning the streets of Paris.
Street protests erupted Friday after a 69-year-old white French gunman opened fire at a Kurdish cultural center in Paris, killing three people.
A source close to the case told AFP that the shooter admitted to investigators that he was a racist.
Some who attended the ensuing protests chanted slogans referring to the PKK.
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