Kurds hold anti-ISIL rally in Paris

Arab World Materials 28 September 2014 07:40 (UTC +04:00)
Thousands of Kurds and their supporters have gathered on the streets of French capital, Paris, denouncing ISIL’s atrocities in Iraq and Syria.
Kurds hold anti-ISIL rally in Paris

Thousands of Kurds and their supporters have gathered on the streets of French capital, Paris, denouncing ISIL's atrocities in Iraq and Syria, Press TV reported.

Around 2,000 demonstrators while waving flags and chanting Kurdish songs marched in Paris on Saturday.

The protesters denounced ISIL terrorists' violence which has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. They also demanded further Western support to destroy the militants who have taken over large areas of land in Syria and Iraq.

"The international community has always been indulgent towards ISIL. But the Persian Gulf states are aiding ISIL under the pretext of ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey has trained, armed and allowed ISIL free movement and even intervened militarily on the side of ISIL against the Kurds. France and NATO must ask their ally Turkey if they will continue to side with the ISIL terrorists or not," Khaled Issa, a representative of the Syrian Kurdish Administration in Paris, told the Press TV correspondent.

Since early August, Kurdish groups in France have been holding similar protests on a weekly basis. French supporters, including the Communist Party, also took part in the most recent protest.

French Communist Party Secretary Pierre Laurent who was present at the rally said that there is, "a lot of ambiguity on the objectives of the international coalition."

He also asked why the countries present in the international coalition have so far failed to "implement an immediate embargo on oil coming from oil refineries" held by the Takfiri militants.

The US and its Western and Arab allies have been conducting air raids against the ISIL and other Takfiri terrorist groups inside Syria since the beginning of this week without formal authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. A similar bombing campaign had started earlier against ISIL positions in Iraq.

Many observers note that the very countries in the US-led coalition had extended massive backing to various militant groups, including the Takfiri terrorists fighting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2011.

The ISIL Takfiris control large areas of Syria's east and north. They sent militants into Iraq in June, seizing large parts of the land straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.