Kamil Murat Demir, the cameraman working for Can TV was arrested while covering the anniversaries of past massacres in Turkey
Kamil Murat Demir, the cameraman working for Can TV was arrested while covering the anniversaries of past massacres in Turkey.
Murat Demir had covered the 26th anniversary of the Sivas massacre where 33 folk singers, troubadours, theater actors and writers were burned in their hotels by the jihadists supported by the government. The 1993 attack had targeted especially a well-known writer among the victims, Aziz Nesin, who had been warning that the jihadist Muslims were organizing to take over the then secular and democratic government and would establish a fascist dictatorship. His premonition mostly came true as Turkey currently struggles under an Islamic leaning fascism. Nesin miraculously escaped the attack but the attorneys for the attackers became representatives in the ruling and other religious parties.
Can TV sent their reporter Kamil Murat Demir to Sivas to cover the anniversary of this dark period in Turkey’s history.
Demir, then went to Çorum another central Anatolian city to cover another massacre that took place there.
As in the Sivas massacre, the perpetrators were of the same ideology and similar organizations. The jihadist Muslims following the Sunni sect of Islam but well organized, funded and protected by the Turkish government attacked the people of Alevite believers of Islam in 1980. The government was involved in many right-wing attacks against the leftists, workers, democrats, Alevites and even attacks against the Sunnis they supported trying to foment a civil war to use as an excuse to bring a fascist military junta in those years. 1980’s were also the times when the US was promoting the ideology of “moderate Islamic” systems in the region. The Turkish deep state was much too happy to oblige. In Çorum, more than 50 people were killed with more than 200 injured. Most of the victims killed were women and youth. One of the attacking organizations was the Grey Wolves, a nationalist, racist, fascist neo-Nazi youth group established under the right-wing National Action Party, still in politics to this day.
Demir went to Çorum to report on the anniversary of this massacre. But he was apprehended and detained by the police in his hotel.