A construction project that will damage the Munzur Springs, considered sacred in the Alevi faith, has started in the eastern province of Dersim. Munzur River is a stream that runs through the Munzur Valley National Park, which is also home to the sacred goats of Dersim.
Taner Akçam writes: The regime’s bold stroke vis-a-vis Hagia Sophia should not be seen as stemming from desperation. Rather, it is simply meant to relay the not-so-subtle message of the path to be followed by the "New Republic", and that message is that the “annihilationist tradition” of the old regime, inherited by the Republic’s founders, will be retained in the era to come.
A Kurdish poet and musician who was killed in the 1993 Sivas Massacre, Hasret Gültekin's statue was erected in the yard of a cemevi in the eastern province of Dersim, along with a monument commemorating the 33 other intellectuals who died in the attack. The cemevi president said that the '93 massacre was a milestone in Alevi history.
A tender for hunting mountain goats in eastern Dersim was scheduled despite public outcry against it. Endemic to the Munzur Valley National Park, mountain goats are considered sacred among locals.
The lawyer for the family of Gülistan Doku, a 21-year-old woman who went missing in the eastern province of Dersim on Jan. 5, said that text messages from Zainal Abarakov will shed light on what happened to her. "You will see in the messaging that information regarding Gülistan will come to light," lawyer Ali Çimen said.
Turkey's first communist mayor Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu tested positive for COVID-19, urging all district mayors in the city to self-isolate at home. The mayor of the eastern town of Dersim, Maçoğlu had tested positive on June 22 and was admitted to the local state hospital.
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Dersim Mayor Mayor Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu claims that three leading pro-government news agencies in Turkey, have been imposing a de facto embargo on the province. Maçoğlu told the daily BirGün that although local reporters send their stories from Dersim, the headquarters would not publish them. Maçoğlu is the only mayor in the country elected from the Turkish Communist Party (TKP).
Residents of an Eastern Anatolian province of Dersim are petitioning to close down a local quarry on the grounds that it's making the soil infertile. Although the owner of the quarry failed to deliver on an earlier promise to halt business, locals don't feel comfortable reporting operations to the government as the owner is well connected with politicians.
The remains of a PKK militant have been delivered to the family three years after his death. The family received their son's body in a PTT cargo package.