|  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Extensive probe into Malatya, tension under way

31 July 2012, Tuesday /TODAY’S ZAMAN
The Malatya Governor’s Office has announced that an extensive investigation is under way after a group of Sunni residents threw stones at an Alevi family’s house in the eastern province of Malatya over the weekend.

The governor’s office released a written statement on Tuesday saying that an investigation has been launched to determine who, if anyone, purposely provoked tensions between the Alevi and Sunni residents of the town of Sürgü in Malatya’s Doğanşehir district.

According to the statement, the incident broke out as a result of a quarrel between two individuals, which then turned into an escalated attack. “It is not such a big incident that we can call it a sectarian conflict between the Alevi and Sunni communities,” the Governor’s Office said. “In addition, when the incident broke out, many gendarmes were brought into town and necessary security measures were immediately taken and these measures are still in place to prevent any provocations.” A quarrel between members of an Alevi family and a Ramadan drummer have increased Sunni-Alevi tensions in the town. Each morning during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, an hour-and-a-half before dawn, drummers tour the streets, hammering out a repetitive beat to wake people up to have their suhur (pre-dawn meal), after which those who are fasting must stop eating and drinking. A quarrel began when members of the Evli family, who are Alevi, spoke with Ramadan drummer Mustafa Evşi because they were disturbed by the noise of his drumming.

A group of Sunnis who witnessed the quarrel came together and began throwing stones at the Evli family’s house, allegedly chanting “God is great” and telling them to leave town. The gendarmerie implemented intense security measures to protect the family. The tensions began to fade with the help of a number of politicians who arrived in the town on Sunday to help the two sides reach an understanding.

 
 
NATIONAL  Other Titles
PM avoids suing critics of corruption out of fear ‘truth may come out'
AK Party deputies pass MİT law article-by-article despite warnings
Ministerial bureaucrats purged after being profiled by MİT
Chief ombudsman laments low implementation of KDK recommendations
Purges in police force leading to higher crime rate
AK Party government punishing reassigned police officers
Commemorations for former President Özal, supporter of Turkish schools abroad
Gag order on case file in Yazıcıoğlu's death lifted
Legal complaint issued over Mazhar Bağlı’s hate speech
'Banning social media disaster for any government's global image'
Armenian Akdamar church restoration nears completion
Turkey's Gül says candidacy in presidential election not yet settled
Nana Zeyini dies at age of 120
92,000 die of cancer each year in Turkey
Four-year-old dies after being found with slit throat, wrist
Report: Naval command allegedly profiles personnel
Ruling AK Party to determine presidential candidate toward end of May
Probe launched into Afyonkarahisar explosion on suspicion of terrorism
American journalism school offers free online training in Turkish
Erdoğan threatens judges, prosecutors in party group speech
Opposition leaders say PM turning Turkey into intelligence state
Opposition CHP leader likens Erdoğan to Hitler, Mussolini
Nearly 90 police officials purged in southeast Turkey
Nearly 280 police officers reassigned in four provinces
Twitter executives meet with Turkey's President Gül
...
Bloggers