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Alevi Activists (Ankara and Hatay): Alevi participants noted specific
reasons for their participation in the protests, referring to ethnic and
religious discrimination as well as regional issues (especially in Hatay).
Participants discussed perceptions of assimilationist policies on the
part of the government towards Alevis. Participants also noted the role
of the AKP in the conflict in Syria, believing the AKP to be working in
conjunction with Al-Qaeda and Al Nusra and using Hatay as a logistics
Especially for the participant living in Hatay, Alevi identity was very
salient both as a religious and as a cultural identity. On the other
hand, the participant from Tuzluçayır said that his socialist identity
was more important than his Alevi identity. Both felt close to Çarşı,
a group of supporters of the Beşiktaş football club, and members of
the People’s House (Halkevleri). They did not feel close to the İP, TGB
and some leftist parties who they felt discredited the Gezi movement (126-127)