Turkey: 78% of Gezi Park Detainees Were Alevis


Almost 80% of protesters detained as part of the Gezi Park protests were Alevis, according to daily Milliyet citing a report by Turkish security and intelligence authorities.

The daily reported that the authorities have prepared a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the anti-governmental protests spread across the country over summer, using detainees as samples.

More than 5,500 demonstrations or activities were staged within the framework of the country-wide movement dubbed “Gezi protests” that were prolonged for 112 days after being kindled in Taksim Gezi Park at the end of May, according to the analysis reported today by daily Milliyet columnist Tolga Sardan.

The security forces’ study also sheds light on the characteristics of the protestors, by using more than 5,000 detainees’ personal data as samples to determine the profile of whole movement.

Seventy-eight percent of people detained were Alevis, the report said. Also according to the analysis, only 12% of the suspects are “linked with political parties,” 6% of which are involved in “extremist leftist groups,” dubbed as marginal left groups by the Security Directorate.

Some 4% of them also alleged to be working for “terrorist organizations and their legal organizations affiliated with them.” Around 3.6 million people attended demonstrations while 5,513 of them have been detained by the police in the 80 provinces the protests erupted in. According to a “demographic analysis” conducted by the police, half of the suspects were women.

Around 15% of them are primary or secondary school graduates; a quarter of them are high-school graduates, whereas more than half of them have a background in higher education: 25% of them are university graduates and 36% of them are still studying at universities.