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MADIMAK MASSACRE ; THE TRUE JUSTICE IS LOOKING FOR ITS WAY OUT

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TURKEY – Today is 2nd of July 2013, the 20th anniversary of Madimak Massacre. It remarks a dark day in Turkish Republic’s history. 20 years ago today 37 people were burned to death by fundamentalist Islamist in downtown Sivas. Those who died were mostly Alevi poets, writers, musicians, artists, intellectuals. Two hotel employees were also killed in the fires. They were there for an annual cultural festival, a celebration of 16th century Alevi poet Pir Sultan Abdal.

On 2nd of July 1993, after Friday prayer a large number of Salafists gathered in front of the hotel named Otel Madımak. They were enraged by the presence of world renowned writer and intellect Aziz Nesin. Nesin was an atheist. He had translated and published extracts from Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses and was celebrating Pir Sultan Abdal’s legacy with Alevis.

The furious fanatics surrounded the hotel in early afternoon. They were chanting, ”In the name of God the greatest”, “Death to the infidel”, “Secularists out”, “Sivas will be Aziz’s grave”, “Muslim Turkey”, “God, this is your fire. This is the fire from your hell” and threatening the assembled artists with lynching. This lasted almost all day as the authorities, the gendarme and the police watched it.

This video was recorded by police on that day. The conversation on police radio is as follows;

The officer: They are still stoning the hotel…

The police chief: Roger! Do not interfere…

After nearly 8 hours of build-up and no interference by security forces the extremists eventually decide to go ahead and torch down the hotel. While Otel Madımak was burning there were no fire brigades around to put the blaze out. Police did nothing to disperse the mob and the mob kept chanting “Sivas will be Aziz’s grave,” as the flames slowly claimed lives of 37 people.

However, Aziz Nesin was able to escape because the attackers failed to recognize him. When they eventually realized his identity, he was beaten by firemen while the city councilman, one of the top suspects, Cafer Erçakmak shouted, “This is the devil we should have killed.” As the mob attempted to lynch Nesin a police officer managed pull him away and save his life.

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Sivas mayor at the time Temel Karamollaoğlu is also one of the main provocateurs of the Madimak Massacre. On the day of the massacre he gave a speech to the fundamentalists supposedly to calm them down and ended it by saying “Gazanız mübarek olsun,” an Islamic quote used by generals for motivating the army before they go fighting. In his statement during the court hearings İzzet Karadağ, back then the Sivas traffic police chief, said “The mob was about to disperse but, after Temel Karamollaoğlu’s speech they became more aroused and decided to carry on instead.”

Cafer Ercakmak was a member of the Welfare Party alongside with Sivas mayor Temel Karamollaoğlu. The Justice and Developement Party’s three co-founders, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Abdullah Gül and Vice-Prime Minister Bülent Arınç were also key players in the Welfare Party those days.

In total 190 people have been put on trial in ‘The Madimak Massacre Case’ which has been going on for the last 20 years. Lawyers of the accused are either the AKP (Justice and Developement Party) members of the parliment or closely related to the party.  For some of the accused the files were closed in early 2012 due to the statute of limitations.

Tayyip Erdoğan and rest of the government officials made a habit of blaming some unknown factor whenever things turn ugly. Today, Labour and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik, in true AKP fashion, said, “the events that took place in Madımak in 2 June 1993 were the work of ‘provocateurs’. No Turkish citizen could possibly be involved with such incident.” However, he did not express his condolences nor mention those who watched the fire building up and killing innocent people. Lets be hypothetical and say during the Madimak Massacre, the arson was carried by ‘provocateurs’. Weren’t the ones who chanted and cheered while people died as guilty? Is this the kind of men Allah approve of? Is this the holy moral? I do not think so.

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Of late there have been reports that the new evidence, videos showing people carrying gas tanks, have been pending for forensics report for 5 months and the case will be closed by December, 2014 due to time limitations. So, under the reign of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Justice and Development Party the true justice is looking for its way out once again.

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