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Thousands of people march through Paris and Athens to protest against the Turkish operation in Syria

October 12, 2019

ATHENS, Oct. 12 (Reuters / EP) –

Thousands of members of the Kurdish diaspora and their supporters have concentrated on Saturday in Paris and Athens to protest against the operation that Turkey has launched against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria.

In Paris, about 3,000 people gathered at the Place de la Republique from the Eiffel Tower, with complaint banners and a request for help from the French Government to stop the operation.

In Athens, some 2,000 Kurds and Greeks marched to the Turkish Embassy in the center of Athens, flying Kurdish flags and banners with the message “Stop the invasion, now.” A group burned a poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria has aroused international alarm about a massive displacement of civilians and fears that it may trigger a resurgence of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria.

Despite their status as NATO allies, relations between Turkey and Greece have historically been tense.

Greece, a route to Europe for almost one million refugees and migrants in 2015, is dealing with a sharp increase in migrants crossing the Aegean to their islands from neighboring Turkey after a relative three-year pause.