- ROAR Magazine
- February 4, 2018
Sakine Cansiz, co-founder of the PKK, was shot dead in Paris along with two other female Kurdish activists — Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez — on this day in 2013.
Two years ago, the lifeless bodies of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez were found in the Kurdistan information center in Paris. The assassination of the Kurdish women activists was in all likelihood orchestrated by the Turkish state and/or intelligence services.
Kurdish groups in Turkey said the murders could be part of an attempt to sabotage the peace talks. Mehmet Ali Ertas, an activist and journalist at the pro-Kurdish news agency DIHA in Diyarbakir, said: “These murders happened during a pivotal moment. Military operations [against the PKK] and the talks [with Öcalan] are both ongoing.
“It looks like someone is trying to impede on the possibility of a peace process, like someone wants to create chaos.”
Ihsan Kaçar, head of the Istanbul Human Rights Association, said the murders could have been an attempt to undermine the positive reaction in Turkey to the nascent peace process. “I was very hopeful about the talks with Öcalan, but after reading about the killings in Paris, these hopes have been shattered,” he said.
– The Guardian, 10 january 2013
The second anniversary of the killings comes at a time when the Turkish state is once again waging a war against its Kurdish population, besieging Kurdish towns in the country’s southeast and attacking densely populated city centers with heavy artillery. Over the past few months hundreds of civilians have lost their lives. The recent murder of three Kurdish women activists in the town of Silopi on January 4 provides for a sad parallel with the events in Paris two years ago.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2016/01/09/on-this-day-in-2013-pkk-co-founder-murdered-in-paris/