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    Posted February 9, 2014 by
    İstanbul, Turkey
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Winter Olympics 2014

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    Protesters decry "Sochi, The Land Of Genocide"


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photojournalist gorkemkeser was on hand to capture these images of members of the Circassian ethnic group -- indigenous to Sochi in Russia, home of the Winter Olympics 2014 -- holding a protest in Istanbul against the games. Circassians, who are mainly Muslim, lived in the Sochi region for thousands of years but were expelled by the Russian empire in the 19th century, a process in which hundreds of thousands are thought to have died. "Sochi is a very important place for Circassians and they are very sensitive on this issue," our iReporter said. He estimated around 100 people attended the protest. You can find out more about this controversial issue in this opinion piece written for CNN.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Photographer: Görkem Keser


    Circassians gather on Russian Federation Consulate General in Istanbul to protest against the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Genocide is a crime against humanity exile, 'We do not want the Olympics in Sochi' written placards and flags opened Circassia

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