As further details were revealed about the dormitory where 11 children and a staff member lost their lives in the fire that broke out yesterday evening (November 29), people and officials reacted against it.
Cause of fire in dormitory in Turkey’s Adana province thought to be electrical meter
A parent who appeared on a video shot at the site of the incident asserted that his child was missing and that the dormitory was run by Süleymancılar (a religious community referred to as Suleymanites). It was then reported that there were several problems that could be considered as negligence, such as the door to the fire escape being locked, and, the roof, attic, and the interior walls of the building being wooden.
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE PROTESTED THE GOVERNMENT
Earlier in the morning hours today (November 30), Youth in Opposition made a call to people to gather in front of the Ministry of Education of Turkey in Ankara to demand ‘dormitories of religious communities to be shut down’.
20 members of the Youth in Opposition group, along with many other college students and others, including executive member of ÖDP (Freedom and Solidarity Party) Pelin Bektaş, who gathered in front of Ministry of Education at afternoon hours to protest, were forcefully taken into custody by police.
With this tragedy, the issue with regards to lack of sufficient inspections on dormitories – especially the private ones owned and operated by cults in Turkey – has come up again. It is reported that office of Turkey’s General Staff had actually released a detailed report about the Süleymancılar community (Suleymanites) in the year of 2002, deeming them as a ‘threatheing group’ following a path on ‘radical Islam’.