Posted by: becketfund | December 11, 2007

Turkey: Alevi Students Interrogated, Beaten by Teacher

Hürriyet reports that a teacher at an Istanbul secondary school interrogated his pupils about their religious beliefs, and upon discovering that two were not Muslim, but Alevi , threatened both and subsequently beat one. The students’ religion was discovered by accident during the month of Ramadan, when the teacher noticed that they were not fasting. When one responded that she was Alevi and was not required to fast, the teacher asked for any other Alevis in the class to come forward, threatening them, “You’re going to get it from now on”. The teacher has been suspended.

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