French politician angered by attack on Zaman office

February 21, 2012, Tuesday/ 16:15:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

European politicians have been continuing to voice their condemnation of an attack on the Zaman daily's office in France last week by terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) supporters.

A group of PKK supporters attacked Zaman's offices in Paris and Cologne last Wednesday, threatening newspaper staff and causing property damage to the buildings.

Jean Philippe Maurer, the deputy chairman of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) ruling party and deputy for the Bas-Rhin region, condemned the attack on Wednesday, saying it was the third attack the newspaper had suffered in the past six months.

The daily's Paris office was previously attacked by PKK supporters on Aug. 16, 2011 and on Oct. 6, 2011.

He said he was deeply saddened by the attacks carried out by supporters of the PKK in broad daylight. He described the attack as an unacceptable violation of freedom of the press and expression.

Maurer said the authorities should do all they can to shed light on all aspects of the attack. He also called on the Interior Ministry to take the necessary measures to protect the newspaper's offices.

French authorities have launched an investigation into the attack.

Meanwhile, Turkey's ambassador to France, Tahsin Burcuoğlu, paid a visit to the office following the attack and complained about the negligence of French police.

Paris is not the sole European capital where Zaman offices have been attacked by PKK supporters. On Oct. 18 of last year, Zaman's Vienna office was partially occupied by a pro-PKK group, while Molotov cocktails were thrown at the paper's London office on Oct. 30. In the most recent incident, PKK supporters attacked Zaman's offices in Zurich.

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