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Germany: Berlin's Alevi community commemorates the 26th anniversary of the Sivas massacre02:01

Germany: Berlin's Alevi community commemorates the 26th anniversary of the Sivas massacre

Germany, Berlin
June 30, 2019 at 17:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of demonstrators from the Alevi community gathered in Berlin on Sunday to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Sivas massacre, an arson attack in the Turkish city on mostly Alevi intellectuals inside the Madımak Hotel by radical Islamists that killed 35 civilians.

Around 800 demonstrators including children were part of the rally as they held banners with photos of the victims in remembrance of the tragedy.

Addressing the rally, Pascal Meiser, a Member of the German parliamentary party Die Linke, called it "a big scandal" and "a big shame" as according to him "some of the perpetrators live here with us in Germany."

The massacre was committed on July 2 1993 by a mob of hundreds of Sunni Muslims who claimed offence at the presence of novelist Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses' Turkish translator, Aziz Nesin in the Madımak Hotel in Sivas, Turkey.

Germany: Berlin's Alevi community commemorates the 26th anniversary of the Sivas massacre02:01
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Hundreds of demonstrators from the Alevi community gathered in Berlin on Sunday to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Sivas massacre, an arson attack in the Turkish city on mostly Alevi intellectuals inside the Madımak Hotel by radical Islamists that killed 35 civilians.

Around 800 demonstrators including children were part of the rally as they held banners with photos of the victims in remembrance of the tragedy.

Addressing the rally, Pascal Meiser, a Member of the German parliamentary party Die Linke, called it "a big scandal" and "a big shame" as according to him "some of the perpetrators live here with us in Germany."

The massacre was committed on July 2 1993 by a mob of hundreds of Sunni Muslims who claimed offence at the presence of novelist Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses' Turkish translator, Aziz Nesin in the Madımak Hotel in Sivas, Turkey.

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