Turkey Abuses Alevi Dead

By Jirair Tutunjian, Toronto, 24 July 2013

Alevis around the world would scratch their heads–if not get angry–when they hear the truth about Toronto Turkish consul-general's plan to install a monument for "Turkish" WWI internees buried in Canada after the war.

Although the identity of the 15 to 20 Muslims buried at the Brantford (Ontario) Mount Hope cemetery is not known, the most credible candidates are Alevi immigrants, since they made up the majority of the Brantford internees sent to northern Ontario by the government as enemy aliens. The Canadian government–an ally of Britain–considered the Alevis hostile or suspect because the latter had come from the Ottoman Empire or had Ottoman citizenship.

By Jirair Tutunjian, Toronto, 24 July 2013

Alevis around the world would scratch their heads–if not get angry–when they hear the truth about Toronto Turkish consul-general's plan to install a monument for "Turkish" WWI internees buried in Canada after the war.

Although the identity of the 15 to 20 Muslims buried at the Brantford (Ontario) Mount Hope cemetery is not known, the most credible candidates are Alevi immigrants, since they made up the majority of the Brantford internees sent to northern Ontario by the government as enemy aliens. The Canadian government–an ally of Britain–considered the Alevis hostile or suspect because the latter had come from the Ottoman Empire or had Ottoman citizenship.

The Turkish government, long adept at appropriating the lands, property, and culture of minorities such as the Alevis, is now trying to appropriate the dead Alevis to enhance Turkey's image in Canada and to depict Turks as victims. The long-buried men at the Canadian cemetery, who are most probably Alevis, are being identified as Turks by the Turkish diplomat. This is manipulation to the nth degree. This is "kidnapping" of the dead Alevis and is ghoulish.

Three years ago a Canadian researcher in Brantford revealed that the internees came from Kharput and Dersim, a traditional region of the Alevis and Armenians. The researcher informed the Turkish government representative of his findings. Despite knowing this fact, Ankara decided to erect a monument to the "Turks" buried at the Canadian cemetery.  Ankara is even sending an adviser to Prime Minister Raccep Erdogan to officiate at the commemoration of the phony monument.

Because of his conquests, Suleiman I (1494-1566) of the Ottoman Empire was given the misnomer "Magnificent". A more appropriate title for the absolute monarch would be "Butcher", if one inquired the Alevis and the Kurds. The "magnificent" sultan massacred more than a million members of these two Ottoman minorities. Since then successive Turkish governments have maintained an official policy of persecution against the Alevis and the Kurds. To this day Turkish imams consider it a sin to conduct the funeral ceremonies of Alevis in a mosque. Alevis are "heretics" in Turkey.

While Alevis continue to be considered outcasts by official Turkey, Ankara is brazenly using the long-buried Alevis to enhance Turkey's image in Canada. One could call it double irony.

It's high time Alevis in Canada and around the world raised their voices and demanded that Turkey stop its abuse of Canada's dead Alevis.

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1 comment
  1. Alevi Burial

    If Turkey is so concerned in the Canadian burial of its citizens, who were not ethnic Turks but were previous citizens of Turkey, I can tell them the exact locations in Turkey of several fields where there are the skeletons of thousands of Armenians, who were Turkish citizens when they were murdered.

    We would welcome proper burial and monuments and Christian services for them, right in their own country of citizenship. I have many of their names; we could put them on the markers. I also have the names of several murderers. We could show their name on the marker as well, along with the method of murder– frequently with an axe in order to save bullets.

    Turkey should give them a proper funeral and a nice monument, just like they are doing for the Alevis in Canada. TVO could document the  burial of the Armenians. There could be nice close-ups of the markers. We could start up a fund to show the film in Turkish schools. After all, the Armenians, just like the Alevis, were a minority group of Turkish citizens, and therefore entitled to equal rights. 

     

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