Folk poet Pir Sultan Abdal was commemorated with events held in Banaz Village of Yıldızeli district of Sivas, where he was born.
Pir Sultan Abdal 2 July Education and Culture Foundation President Özer Demir, Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Association Secretary General İsmail Ateş, Black Sea Alevi Bektashi Federation President Muharrem Erkan and many citizens attended the commemoration at the Topuzlu Baba Event Area. The commemoration started with laying a wreath at the Pir Sultan Abdal monument and a moment of silence in memory of the intellectuals who lost their lives in the Madımak massacre.
As part of the commemoration event, which was held for the 33rd time this year, a panel was held under the title of “Current problems of Alevis and solution proposals”. Among the speakers of the panel were former CHP Tunceli Deputy Hüseyin Aygün and Pir Sultan Abdal 2 July Education and Culture Foundation founder Murtaza Demir.
Speaking about the Madımak massacre, İsmail Ateş, Secretary General of the Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Association, said:
“The massacre in Sivas Madımak 29 years ago is persistently wanted to be forgotten, but it is impossible for us to forget this massacre. 33 people lost their lives in this attempt, which targeted the secular and democratic structure of the republic, and our request for the Madımak Hotel to become a museum of shame has still not been accepted. Madımak is still burning after 29 years. We will be in front of Madımak to commemorate our 33 lives who were massacred this July 2, and to shout our rightful demands once again, and we expect every sensitive citizen to participate in this.”