Photographer's Note


A number of protesters clashed with police on Sunday when a group of approximately 155,000 protesters came together in Ankara's Sıhhiye Square on Sunday as part of a rally organized by the Alevi Bektaşi Federation and the Federation of Alevi Associations to voice their demands for equality.

Some demonstrators were pepper sprayed by police officers for refusing to be frisked as they entered Sıhhiye Square. There was a brief clash between protesters and the police when the crowds started pushing past the police barricade at the entrance. The Cihan news agency reported that those who clashed with the police at the entry checkpoints were from the Socialist Platform of the Oppressed (ESP) and a marginal group called Partisan. Cihan reported that these groups threw objects at the police. One protester was detained while three police officers were injured in the incidents.

The rally, called the “Laik ve Demokratik Türkiye İçin Eşit Yurttaşlık Mitingi” (Equal citizenship demonstration for a secular and democratic Turkey), started in the morning, with Alevi protesters meeting at the Ankara train station and proceeding towards Sıhhiye at about 10:30 a.m. The protesters chanted slogans calling for justice in the Sivas massacre of 1993 in which 35 Alevis died, abolishing compulsory religion classes, giving Alevi houses of worship (cemevi) equal status as mosques as well as anti-war protests over Syria while voicing support for the people of Syria.

In addition to the ESP and Partisan, the rally was attended by other civil and political organizations, including the Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP), the Turkish Communist Party (TKP), the Halkevleri Association, the People's Liberation Party (HKP) and many others.

The groups also protested what they claimed was a weak investigation into recent incidents where the houses of Alevi residents were marked with red dye in several cities.

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  • Copyright: ERHAN EKEN (erhan1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 165 N: 493] (15871)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-10-07
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2012-10-08 9:25
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