Maras Massacre

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Maras Massacre

The MaraƟ Massacre of December 1978 was the massacre of over seven hundred civilians, mostly Alevi Kurdish slum dwellers, living as migrant workers in shanty towns in the industrial heart of Turkey. The direct perpetrators were the Racist Turkish informal militia groups the government-related. Though the tensions were initially ignited by the bombing by right-wing militants of a cinema frequently visited by ultra-nationalists,the incident is best remembered for the subsequent campaign of violence directed against left-wingers, largely Alevis, although some left-wing Sunnis and Kurds were also targeted. Turkish Interior Minister Irfan Ozaydinli resigned after the massacre.

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