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Evli family's home was attacked. DHA photo

Evli family's home was attacked. DHA photo

The home of an Alevi family was stoned and their stables burned down by an angry mob yesterday after the family allegedly told a Ramadan drummer not to wake them for sahur, the meal before sunrise. 

Members of the Evli family in the Sürgü village of the southeastern Malatya province allegedly asked a Ramadan drummer not to drum in front of their home the night of July 28 as they were not fasting and had work early in the morning. The two sides quarreled after the drummer rejected the family’s request. 

News of the incident was heard throughout the village and a mob of around 60 people gathered in front of the Evli family’s house yesterday. The group hurled stones at the family's home and said the family members were “Kurds and Alevis.” The small contingent of gendarmerie soldiers in the villlage was unable to contain the crowd so reinforcements were called in from the Doğanşehir district. 

The group reportedly chanted slogans, yelled “Allahu ekber,” meaning God is great, sang the Turkish national anthem and said “this family will leave this place.” Evli family members turned off their lights and hid in their homes in terror. The group also set a stable belonging to the Evli family on fire, which prompted the gendarmerie to fire shots into the air.  

Security forces were able to disperse the crowd after reinforcements arrived.

Hasan Hüseyin Evli, whose home was attacked, said his family had wanted to live in peace together as Alevis and Sunnis. “We do not want such incidents, we have never hurt anyone,” he said. 

Leyla Evli showed journalists the stones hurled at her home by the mob. “They came to lynch us. They shouted ‘death to Kurds, death to Alevis.’ They told us to leave and threatened to kill us if we did not,” she said.

Calm was restored in Sürgü after gendarmerie forces took measures in the village to increase security and placed officers on patrol around the Evli family’s house today.


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bagas 06

8/2/2012 1:29:22 AM

This case shows us that nothing had changed since Madımak. We still have no tolerance to what is contrary to our religious beliefs. We are still eager to burn and destroy like mediveal Europe. Since the government is reluctant to find the responsibles when the minorities are the point, its inevitable repetition of such cases.

mara mcglothin

8/1/2012 8:12:41 PM

OZMAN My "elitist" husband has "no dog in this hunt" If Turkey became Iran tomorrow all it would mean to him would be he is not able to visit and enjoy the place of his birth. He has no opinions on this subject at all. I am the one with the strong opinions, because I love Turkey and see the incredible potential and the AKP has only been an embarrassment HDNBLOGGER You are spot on! I can't understand why many think that "two wrongs make a right!


7/31/2012 11:16:02 PM

Mara, the AKP's silence on this matter, and the fact that they are not overtly putting pressure on those investigating this case, are an indicator of their idea of justice. How involved do you think the local AKP representative (as a rep of the current ruling party) would become if it had been a mosque that was stoned? As with the recent police line up fiasco - justice works quickly if the AKP's interests are at risk. The pressure on non-practising Muslims at the moment is tangible.

OZman Cometh

7/31/2012 10:48:46 PM

Mara there you go again being patronizing. After all the isolationism of the past, TR is prospering and education is spreading thanks to AKP. This scares your elite husbands and their ilk because they see their power eroding. It would be a crying shame if no arrests were made! Madimak was pre AKP. It takes a while to get out of the straitjacket of the military constitution no thanks to CHP.

Ela Meri

7/31/2012 8:25:29 PM

Everyone has a mobile phone and an alarm now. No-one needs a drum to wake up! But no they need to wake everyone up, don't they?Whether or not they want to fast.This, 'drum' torture goes on for centuries to this day, ever since originally Bektasi Turks accepted Hanefi sect. and Arab traditions coming with it.Now these poor Turkish/ Kurdish people who just want to practice the actual, the real Turkish religion Bektasi/ Alevi religion will be punished because of it. This is all Arab.Not Anatolian.

Cem Mendes

7/31/2012 7:48:07 PM

@OZman Cometh i did not realise there were remote parts of Turkey in 2012. It is not the AKP's responsibility that this incident happened, but their responsibilty to punish the offenders. If not then they should tell people of Turkey that racist attacks are accepted by the state, then individuals can defend themselves accordingly. if it does not shock you that 500-600 people can attack a family then you obviously do not feel strongly about this issue.

mara mcglothin

7/31/2012 6:56:07 PM

HDNBLOGGER Not so fast! I am placing part of the blame on the AKP because they have the backward general population thinking that the "majority rules" and that it is okay to speak out against the "non pious" as they see fit. The people in Eyup, the art gallery incident in Bayolu and on and on . Neighborhood pressure has become more bold since the people think the AKP will condone these actions. They have increased the polarization in society ten fold. Public statements should be made.

Yujel Akdeniz

7/31/2012 4:49:48 PM

Erdogan is busy creating more lies and taking pressure from the Saudies and Katar about the Syrian regime that tips the balance against their despotic ultra fundamantalist muslim regimes.Having said this, one could easily understand why Erdogan and his cronies will not move to have this Alevi hating Sunni mobs face justice and recent past regarding Madimak is the best proof.


7/31/2012 4:29:04 PM

OZman, no one is blaming the AKP for acts of violence, however, it is the AKP that approved the terrorism law, has the power to change law and controls the police departments. Remember the case of a young Galatasary student who was sentenced to 11 years for allegedly causing damage and 'aiding a criminal organisation'? His actual crime was causing damage to property. The alevi situation is more serious as people were targeted, including children - it was not a random act. Arrests should be made.

OZman Cometh

7/31/2012 3:17:00 PM

AKP haters spewing bile again. How can the Gov be responsible for every random act of violence in a remote corner. As long as the local police do their job...all well! So this Gov is religiously conservative, How does that differ from countries that vote parties that have Christian in the title. Dubya and Blair went to church to assuage their guilt before their bombing spree.
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