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Dersim massacre

The Dersim massacre was a massacre of Kurdish peo- area had a reputation for being rebellious, having been the
ple (Alevi Kurmanj and Zaza) by the Turkish government scene of eleven separate periods of armed conict over
in the Dersim region of eastern Turkey, which includes the previous 40 years.[23]
parts of Tunceli Province, Elaz Province, and Bingl
Province.[5][7][8][9][10][11][12] The massacre occurred af-
ter a rebellion led by Seyid Riza against the Turkication 1.2.2 Tunceli law
policies of the Turkish government.[13] As a result of the
Turkish military campaign against the rebellion, thou- The Dersim region included the Tunceli Province whose
sands of Alevi Zazas[14] died and many others were in- name was changed from Dersim to Tunceli with the Law
ternally displaced due to the conict. on Administration of the Tunceli Province (Tunceli Vi-
layetinin daresi Hakknda Kanun), no. 2884 of Decem-
On November 23, 2011, Turkish prime minister Recep ber 25, 1935[24] on January 4, 1936.[25]
Tayyip Erdoan gave an apology for the Dersim opera-
tion, describing it as one of the most tragic events of our
recent history.[15] 1.2.3 Fourth General Inspectorate

Main article: Inspectorates-General (Turkey)

1 Background
In order to consolidate its authority in the process of
Turkication of religious and ethnic minorities,[26] the
1.1 Ottoman period Turkish Grand National Assembly passed the law, num-
bered 1164 and dated June 25, 1927. Following the First
During the Ottoman period, before the Tanzimat, most
Inspectorate-General (January 1, 1928, Diyarbakr),[27]
of the empires eastern regions were administrated by the
Ottoman feudal system. Authority in these regions was [the Thrace pogroms], the Second Inspectorate-
in the hands of feudal lords, tribal chieftains and aghas General (February 19, 1934, Edirne) and the Third
(dignitaries).[18] Inspectorate-General (August 25, 1935, Erzurum),
the Fourth General Inspectorate (Drdnc Umumi Mf-
fetilik) was established on June 6, 1936, in the traditional
1.2 Early republican era Dersim region, which includes Tunceli Province, Elaz
Province and Bingl Province.[12]
The situation of Dersim in the Ottoman Empire contin- On November 1, 1936, during a speech in the parliament
ued in the early years of the Republic of Turkey. Tribes Atatrk acknowledged the situation in Dersim as Turkeys
from Dersim objected to losing authority and refused to most important internal problem.[30] Firstly, military sta-
pay taxes.[19] tions were built in the strategical zones. Then the Inspec-
Complaints kept coming from the governors. In an Inte- tor of the Fourth General Inspectorate, Lieutenant Gen-
rior Ministry report in 1926, it was considered necessary eral Abdullah Alpdoan was given the authority to sign
to use force against the residents of Dersim.[20] court orders, providing security, to exile people that lived
in the city when necessary.

1.2.1 Law on Resettlement

2 Rebellion
The Turkication process in Turkey began with the Turk-
ish National Assembly passing the 1934 Law on Resettle-
ment ('skn Kanunu' Law No.2510, June 13, 1934).[21] After the Tunceli Law, the Turkish government built
Its measures included the forced relocation of people military observation posts in the centers of districts such
within the country, with the aim of promoting cultural as Kahmut, Sin, Karaolan, Amutka, Danzik, and Hay-
homogeneity. In 1935, the Tunceli Law was passed to ap- daran.
ply the Resettlement Law to the newly named region of Following public meetings in January 1937, a letter of
Tunceli, previously known as Dersim and populated by protest against the law was written to be sent to the local
Kurmanci-speaking and Zaza-speaking Alevis.[22] This governor. According to Kurdish sources, the emissaries


A 1937 map of Dersim showing the central province, Hezat

of the letter were arrested and executed. In May, a group The commander of the Guard regiment smail Hakk Teke and
of local people ambushed a police convoy in response, the Mustafa Kemal Atatrk at Tunceli region in 1937.
rst act of a localised conict.[31]

2.1 Meeting at Halbori cells

Seyid Riza, the chieftain of Yukar Abbas Ua, sent
his followers to the Haydaran, Demenan, Yusufan, and
Kureyan tribes to make an alliance.[32]
According to Turkish authorities, on March 2021, 1937,
at 23:00 hrs, the Demenan and Haydaran tribes broke a
bridge connecting Pah and Kahmut in the Harik Val-
ley. The Inspector General gave the order to prepare
for action to the 2nd Mobile Gendarmerie Battalion at
Plmr, the 3th Mobile Gendarmerie Battalion at Plr,
the 9th Gendarmier Battalion at Mazkirt, and the Mo-
bile Gendarmerie Regiment at Hozat, and sent one in- Sabiha Gken and her colleagues in front of Breguet 19, 1937
fantry company of the 9th Mobile Gendarmier Battalion 38
to Pah.[32]

3 Turkish military operations

Turkish soldiers and local people of Dersim region. It was

claimed that the women and children in this picture were exe-
cuted shortly after the picture was taken.[33]

of the rebel forces continued to resist and the number

of troops in the region was doubled. The area was also
bombed from the air.[23] The rebels continued to resist
until the region was pacied in October 1938.[34]
Sabiha Gken holding a bomb before the bombardment opera-
According to Osman Pamukolu, a general in Turkish
tion over Dersim with her Breguet 19
Army in the 1990s, Atatrk had given the operational or-
Around 25,000 troops were deployed to quell the re- der himself.
bellion. This task was substantially completed by the
summer and the leaders of the rebellion, including tribal
3.1 1937
leader Sayiid Riza, were hanged. However, remnants
3.2 1938 3

Hasan Aga (of the Demenan tribe, Cebrail Aas


Hasan (a Kureyan tribesman Ulkiyes son)

Ali Aga (Mirza Alis son)

On November 17, 1937, Mustafa Kemal Atatrk came

to Pertek to take part in the opening ceremony for the
Singe Bridge.[38][39]

Local people of Dersim, 1938

3.2 1938
3.2.1 Second Tunceli Operation

The prime minister, Celal Bayar (in oce: October 25,

1937 January 25, 1939) had agreed to an attack on
the Dersim rebels.[40] The operation started on January
2, 1938 and nished on August 7, 1938.

3.2.2 Third Tunceli Operation

The Third Tunceli Operation was carried out between

August 1017, 1938.

3.2.3 Sweep operations

Sweep operations that started on September 6, were con-

tinued for 17 days.[41]

3.2.4 Aerial operations

Turkish planes ew numerous sorties against the rebels

during the rebellion. Among the pilots was Kemal
Atatrk's adopted daughter, Sabiha Gken, the rst
Turkish female ghter pilot. A report of the General Sta
mentioned the serious damage that had been caused by
her 50 kg bomb, upon a group of eeing bandits.[42]
Turkish soldiers with a head cut o.
Muhsin Batur, engaged in operations for about two
months over Dersim, but he stated in his memoirs that he
3.1.1 First Tunceli Operation wanted to avoid explaining this part of his life.[43] Nuri
Dersimi claimed that the Turkish air force bombed the
On September 1012, 1937, Seyit Rza came to the gov- district with poisonous gas in 1938.[44]
ernment building of the Erzincan Province for peace talks
and was arrested.[36] On the next day, he was transferred
to the headquarters of the General Inspectorate at Elaz 3.3 Consequences
and hanged with 6 (or 10) of his fellows on November
1518, 1937[37] The deaths(?) were: According to an ocial report of the Fourth General Is-
pectorate, 13,160 civilians were killed by the Turkish
Seyit Rza Army and 11,818 people were taken into exile, depop-
ulating the province.[6] According to the Dersimi, many
Resik Hseyin (Seyit Rzas son) tribesmen were shot dead after surrendering, and women
and children were locked into haysheds which were then
Seyit Hseyin (the chieftain of Kureyan-Seyhan
set on re.[45] According to McDowall, 40,000 people
were killed.[1] According to Kurdish Diaspora sources,
Fndk Aga (Yusfanl Kamer Agas son) over 70,000 people were killed.[46]

A key component of the Turkication process was the 5 See also

policy of massive population resettlement a result of the
1934 law on resettlement. This policy targeted the region Kogiri Rebellion
of Dersim as one of its rst test cases, and it had disastrous
consequences for the local population.[47] Sheikh Said rebellion
Hseyin Aygn, a jurist author, wrote in his book Dersim
1938 and Obligatory Settlement:
6 References
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