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Hrant Dink's death leaded to a long period of mass protests, during which demonstrators famously chanted, 'We are all Armenians.'

Hrant Dink's death leaded to a long period of mass protests, during which demonstrators famously chanted, 'We are all Armenians.'

The demonstrators now freely occupying Istanbul’s Gezi Park for the last few days opened a symbolic street dedicated to the murdered Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink on June 5. 

Hundreds of activists had also opened “the peace square” a day earlier by singing songs and chanting in Turkish and Kurdish. The Hrant Dink Street connects the Peace Square with the children’s playground. 
Activists have brandished banners reading “Buradayız Ahparig!” (We are here, brother), the slogan chosen for the commemoration of the 6th anniversary of Dink’s murder earlier this year. 

Dink was murdered on Jan. 19, 2007, in broad daylight in front of the Agos building by Ogün Samast, a 17-year-old Turkish nationalist. His death lead to a long period of mass protests, during which demonstrators famously chanted, “We are all Armenians.” 

June/06/2013

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Falk Bernard

6/7/2013 2:58:14 AM

For the record: the murdered Turkish diplomat Erkut Akbay is a relative of Cemil Çiçek. He is the Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey.

Falk Bernard

6/7/2013 2:43:05 AM

@Baris, Dink had been killed because of his opinion about 1915. The more than 40 Turks killed by Armenians because they didn’t support Dink’s/Armenian opinion of 1915.

P Elan

6/6/2013 4:42:32 PM

The killing of Hrant Dink was a political murder. The fact that Hrant Dink dared to discus the truth made him a target for extreme nationalists. Healing the wounds that were caused in the past is making a nation stronger because it unites and does not divide.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

6/6/2013 4:25:58 PM

Very appropriate. Hrant Dink was an important part of this society.

Baris

6/6/2013 3:14:15 PM

It was Dink, Falk Bernard, because he was murdered during Erdogan's term in power, and it was during Erdogan's term in power that people who instigated Dink's murder were not brought to trial. We must certainly remember the Turkish victims of Asala terror, but that had nothing to do with Erdogan's rule, which the current demonstrations are all about.

James T.

6/6/2013 2:08:17 PM

Hrant Dink was a brave, heroic journalist. He will go down in the annals on Turkish history alongside other great Turkish-Armenians such as Hagop Dilachar (creator of Turkish alphabet), Mimar Sinan (famous architect), Balyan family (architects), Berch Keresteciyan (president of Ottoman Bank who saved Ataturk's life), among others. My family was forced to flee Adana in 1916, but we will reunite one day my Turkish friends. We have full solidarity with the Gezi movement as well!

Reality Plus

6/6/2013 12:46:32 PM

@Falk: Very good point, thanks for remembering the victims of Armenian terrorism!

Falk Bernard

6/6/2013 12:45:25 AM

Why Dink while June 7 is the remembrance day of Erkut Akbay (killed by Armenian terrorists in 1982). Or Taha Carim (killed June 9, 1977) or Mehmet Savaş Yerguz (June 9, 1981).
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