Turkey Must Face The Sıvas Massacre
The European Peace Assembly demands that the Turkish government bring to justice those responsible for the Sivas massacre fifteen years ago and meet the demands of the Alevi society.
İstanbul - BÄ°A News Center
28 June 2008, Saturday 09:38
Fifteen years passed since
the Madımak massacre at Madımak Hotel in Sivas
in eastern Central Turkey, where the Muslim-Sunni
crowd that surrounded the hotel intellectuals and activists for an Alevi
celebration were staying and forced thirty seven of them burn to death.
According to the European
Peace Assembly, “Fifteen years passed since this massacre done by the reactionary forces under the state
protection. But Sivas
is still burning, because those responsible for it have not been caught yet.
“We protest the Justice and
The demands of the assembly
are the following:
“Madımak Hotel must be
closed down immediately and turned into a museum as soon as possible. A
monument for those massacred at Sivas
must be built. Those responsible for the massacre and their collaborators
inside the state must be brought to justice and punished. The rightful
democratic demands of the Alevi society must be met without further delay.
Criticizing that Madımak
Hotel is not closed down ad is still open as a “meat restaurant”, the assembly
said, “The demands by the democratic social dynamics, foremost among them are
victims’ relatives and the Alevi society, have not been met. Even though
Etuğrul Günay, Minister of Culture and Tourism, had said that this place would
be opened as a florist, this did not happen.”
Firstly the Alevi society
and then the whole democratic public realize what AKP’s Alevi approach mean,
when they see some of the perpetrators as AKP members. We protest the AKP
government for trying to make people forget Sivas massacre.
Other religions such as
Christianity, Judaism, Alevi and Yezidi must be as close to the state as Islam
is and Alevi religion must be recognized as a separate belief. The obstacles
that prevent Cem Houses from functioning as houses of worship must be removed. The
state must get out of the field of religion, abolish the Department of
Religious Affairs, whose budget comes close to the budgets of three ministries
combined, and discontinue the religion box of the identity cards. (EZÖ/TB)