Armenian community members in Argentina protest against Istanbul 2020 bid
BUENOS AIRES - Reuters
Members of the Armenian community carrying Hrant Dink's pictures protest against Turkey´s Istanbul 2020 bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic games outside of the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires. REUTERS photoMembers of the Armenian community in Argentina protested over the presence of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session for the presentation of Istanbul as a candidate to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Demonstrators gathered outside the meeting venue in Buenos Aires Sept. 7, holding banners that read “No to Istanbul 2020.”
The group also held the pictures of slain Turkish journalist of Armenian origin Hrant Dink. The renowned chief editor of Agos was shot in front of his office in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007.
Earlier in the day, another group of Argentines organized a protest demanding a thorough investigation into the death of four Gezi protesters and a police officer killed during a police crackdown on nationwide protests between May and July.
The IOC will elect the winning city from candidates Istanbul, Madrid, and Tokyo on the afternoon of Sept. 7 at a session in the Argentine capital.