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8/15/2014 ISTANBUL, TURKEY. Mustafa Gedik hugs his grandson's grave. Hasan Ferit Gedik was executed by drug lords. The day of his killing he was taking part in an anti-drug protest.
After Christians and Yazidis, Alevis fear they're next in ISIS's long list of victims. Alevi are Turkey's biggest religious and cultural minority, as they make 10% of the population. Despite they're so big, they're not recognised by the state, while they've been oppressed for centuries by both larger religions and had to hide their religious practices.
But Alevis have also to deal with an inside enemy, the country's Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, who views them as terrorists. According to a Turkish police report, last year, while 8 of the 9 people that died during the antigovernment protests died were Alevi.
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