It's not THIS bad here.... At Least 40 Killed in Rioting by Turkish Fundamentalists Associ

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It's not THIS bad here.... At Least 40 Killed in Rioting by Turkish Fundamentalists -------------------------------------------------------- Associated Press - 07/02/93 At least 40 people were killed and scores were injured Friday when rampaging Muslim fundamentalist extremists set fire to a hotel in the Turkish city of Sivas, state TV said. The rampage was the worst outburst so far of fundamentalist violence in Turkey, a Muslim nation with a secular government. Most of the victims died of smoke inhalation when the fundamentalists torched a hotel hosting left-wing writers and intellectuals in Sivas, 275 miles east of Ankara. State TV said the rioters were angered by the alleged atheism of the writers, who were commemorating a 16th-century poet hanged for his defiance of Ottoman oppression. HBB, a private TV station, said 145 people were injured in the attack. The rioters emerged from several mosques after Friday prayers and broke through police barricades to reach the hotel in Sivas. They threatened to lynch the writers, then set the building on fire, witnesses said. Policemen fired over the rioters' heads to try to disperse them, but some managed to reach the hotel's upper floors. Police prevented them from reaching the room of Aziz Nesin, a prominent leftist author and the fundamentalists' main target. Turkish fundamentalists have killed several secular writers and professors in bomb attacks, and Turkish officials have accused Iran of involvement in the violence. The main target of Friday's riot appeared to be Nesin, editor of the daily Aydinlik newspaper. Nesin praised Pir Sultan Abdal, the 16th-century bard who preached rebellion against oppression, in a speech Thursday. The rioting fundamentalists accused Nesin of spreading atheism through his speech. His newspaper touched off riots in Istanbul in May by publishing excerpts from The Satanic Verses, the novel by Salman Rushdie. Rushdie is under an Iranian death sentence for writing the book, which Iran calls blasphemous. ===================================================================== * What warped people! Am I wrong here, or did these people actually riot in FAVOR OF OPPRESSION AND DENIAL OF SELF EXPRESSION?!


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