INTRODUCTION: In Rennes, France on Saturday (14 March), friends of one of the two Turkish diplomats assassinated earlier this month in France, staged a silent protest rally against the killing.
GV PAN & SV Students standing with placards in French and Turkish (2 shots)
CU Placards on French (3 shots)
SVs and CUs placards, small child carrying placard (4 shots)
GV Children and man carrying Turkish flag lead march
GV Marchers through town streets (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Rennes, France on Saturday (14 March), friends of one of the two Turkish diplomats assassinated earlier this month in France, staged a silent protest rally against the killing. French and Turkish students, carrying placards, expressed their contempt for the murders by the Armenian guerrilla army.
SYNOPSIS: The placards spoke of "blind acts of violence" and called on the Armenian community as a whole to reject the guerrillas.
The two killings brought to five the number of Turkish diplomats hit in France by the guerrilla groups. They have provoked a reported sense of outrage in Turkey about the lack of adequate French protection given to diplomats posted there. The self-styled Army for the Liberation of Armenia, who claimed responsibility for the assassinations, is one of several Armenian militant groups avenging what they call Turkish injustices to Armenia since 1915.
Armenians claim that more than one million of their ancestors were massacred during the First World War by the Ottoman Turks.
In the past decade at least four guerrilla groups have operated under several names, striking at Turkish targets across Europe, the United States and Australia. Thirteen Turkish diplomats have died by the gun in the past eight years.
A concerned Turkish government has called on the French to capture and punish "the terrorists" who want to drive the Turks out of Eastern Turkey and create an Armenian state there.