Protesters turn out in Paris to support Kurds

AP , Saturday 12 Oct 2019

Protesters carrying a sign reading "Erdogan=IS" referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan take part of a demonstration in support of Kurds being targeted by Turkish forces in Syria, on Republique plaza in eastern Paris, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP)

Thousands of people have demonstrated in Paris in support of Kurds being targeted by Turkish forces in Syria.

Protesters warned that the offensive could allow Islamic State group extremists to resurge. Kurdish forces being targeted by Turkey this week were crucial to the international campaign against IS fighters, who orchestrated several deadly attacks against France.

Demonstrators from various activist groups slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with one carrying a sign reading "Erdogan(equals)IS.'' They also criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, which helped pave the way for the Turkish offensive.

The rally Saturday at Republique plaza in eastern Paris ended peacefully.

Turkey's military, which calls the Kurdish forces a security threat, said it captured a key Syrian border town Saturday.

French President Emmanuel Macron urged an end to the fighting, as international criticism of the offensive mounted.

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