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Thousands mourn slain Kurds

Up to 50,000 mourners turned out to honor three Kurdish activists who were shot to death in Paris last week.

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Up to 50,000 mourners turned out to honor three Kurdish activists who were shot to death in Paris last week.

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Tens of thousands gathered Thursday for the funeral ceremony of three Kurdish activists who were shot dead in ­Paris in an attack many believe was an attempt to derail peace talks. Kurdish legislators, meanwhile, vowed to support peace efforts to end the decades-long conflict between Turkey and autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels.

The three female activists, including Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were slain last week at a time when Turkey is engaged in talks with the rebels’ jailed leader, Abdullah ­Ocalan, to persuade his group to disarm.

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Up to 50,000 mourners ­assembled behind the victims’ coffins draped in PKK’s flags in city of Diyarbakir for a funeral ceremony. The chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, Selahattin Demirtas, told the crowd that the killings would not deter Kurds from seeking peace.

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