Alevis protest against depiction in German TV crime programme

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More than 15,000 Alevis from all over Europe gathered in front of Cologne Cathedral to protest at the depiction of their community in a recent German television crime series.

31 December 2007

Berlin (dpa) - More than 15,000 Alevis from all over Europe gathered in front of Cologne Cathedral Sunday to protest at the depiction of their community in a recent German television crime series.

"We are not demonstrating against freedom of opinion, of the press or of opinion. We want to highlight the inviolability of human dignity," said the general secretary of the largely Turkish community in Germany, Ali Toprak.

An episode of "Tatort" (Scene of the Crime), broadcast on Dec. 23, dealt with a case of incest in an Alevi family and a resulting murder.

The head of programming at public broadcaster NDR, Volker Herres, called on the Alevis to respect artistic and broadcasting freedom, insisting there was no intention on the part of the broadcaster to defame them.

The Alevi community and NDR are to hold talks on Jan. 6.

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