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Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink was murdered on Jan 19, 2007.

Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink was murdered on Jan 19, 2007.

Thousands of people gathered earlier today in the Şişli district of Istanbul to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the assassination of Hrant Dink, a Turkish journalist of Armenian origin, daily Hürriyet has reported.

The crowd stood in homage at 3:05 p.m., the exact time of Dink’s death, in front of the Agos newspaper building where he was killed. Hidayet Şevkatli Tuksal, a daily Taraf journalist, renowned American linguist Noam Chomsky and Rakel Dink, Hrant Dink's wife, made speeches. The crowd also listened to a recorded speech Dink had given prior to his death, which was played for all to hear.

The Friends of Hrant Dink organization established in memory of the late journalist has called the event “Buradayız Ahparig!” (We are here, brother) and is preparing to call for justice during the demonstration, Doğan News Agency has reported.

Following the commemoration, the crowd walked to Taksim square, shouting slogans such as, "We all are Hrant, we all are Armenian."

Police reportedly intervened in the march, where some people were at risk of being crushed due to the large crowds, and used pepper gas against some demonstrators.


Dink was murdered on Jan. 19, 2007, in broad daylight in front of Agos’ building by Ogün Samast, a 17-year-old Turkish nationalist. After a two-year trial, Samast was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to 22 years and 10 months of prison.

The court also ruled that Dink’s murder was not an organized crime despite serious claims that some civil servants linked to the “deep state” were “indirectly” involved, to the dismay of Dink’s family and supporters. However, this court decision was recently challenged in an appeal. The prosecutor’s office of the Supreme Court of Appeals asked the top court to overturn the rulings in Dink’s murder case Jan. 10, arguing that there were enough elements to conclude that the assassination was organized.

The Friends of Hrant Dink claim that almost all the civil servants who were involved in the death of the journalist were protected and promoted by the government.

A number of exhibitions, panel discussions and live performances have also been displayed at the Tobacco Warehouse (Tütün Deposu) since the beginning of the week in memory of Dink.

January/19/2013

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mesude salihli

1/20/2013 7:30:18 PM

Murat, I cannot disagree with you more about your statement ..."There are very few aspects of 1915 events that is uknown or a mystery to most Turks"... The truth about these events are hidden from the public religiously.

Murat

1/20/2013 5:05:32 PM

He had little in common with the so called genocide merchants and haters. I may not have agreed with all his views but he was one of the few who could bridge an impossible gap. It seems the gap is impossible anyway. There are very few aspects of 1915 events that is uknown or a mystery to most Turks. It just happens that facts do not support the genocide myth. What I always find amazing is how little Armeninans know their own history and their role druing the dying moments of the Ottoman Empire.

Vargen Vargen

1/20/2013 3:15:27 PM

Falk Bernard. Every school kid in Turkey is properly informed about all the wrong doings foreign powers have done to Turks. It starts from the age of 5 and continues on a repetative basis all through the education system. And after that it contineus with news which are directed in the same way. So dont worry, Turks are very very well informed about all the evil foreign powers.

mesude salihli

1/20/2013 4:21:46 AM

Murat and Hakan thanks. Nowadays, Nazim Hikmet is considered to be a hero. Let's see how long it is going to take to recognize Hrant Dink for who he really is?

Falk Bernard

1/20/2013 2:59:18 AM

Fed by the hate propaganda of 1915, brainwashed Armenians directed their guns to innocent people in the 70s and 80s. 45 Turks were gunned down and killed. Turks should give attention to those victims too.

Nani Nani

1/19/2013 9:34:50 PM

Maybe he was killed for telling the 'truth.' Where were these demonstrators especially Noam Chomsky in Cambridge, MA when Orhan Gunduz was murdered by an Armenian Terrorsist in 1984? The terrorist hid among the Armenian community in Boston, MA USA Mr. Gunduz was an American citizen who helped out Turkish students in Boston, MA USA with their paperwork between schools and the Turkish government..Who speaks for the 1.5M Turks exterminated by the French-, Russian- Arnenian armies?

Hakan Osman

1/19/2013 6:08:58 PM

As long as we allow our leaders to continue distorting the truth, we are accomplices to the crime. Hrant spoke the truth and he was killed for doing so.

Murat

1/19/2013 4:31:45 AM

A true son of this land. It was a huge loss.
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