Hrank Dink remembered on 14th anniversary of his assassination

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Murdered Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink will be remembered on Tuesday, the 14th anniversary of his assassination.

Dink was serving as editor-in-chief of Istanbul’s Armenian language newspaper Agos when he was gunned down outside its offices on Jan.19, 2007.

The journalist’s friends and supporters traditionally gather outside the Agos offices in central Istanbul to mark the anniversary of the killing. This year, the memorial will take place online with speeches and features on Dink’s life broadcasted throughout the day, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers announced on Thursday via social media.

Organisers said participants will gather at hranticinadaleticin.org at 14.45 (GMT +3).

Türkan Elçi, the wife of the murdered human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi, who was shot dead in 2015, and Melis Kaya, the daughter of Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya, who died in 2000 while in exile in Paris, wrote an article for Agos to mark the occasion, Turkish website Bianet said on Tuesday.

“Anniversaries of the murdered, are the days that we unite in the face of the growing wave of injustice and cruelty,” Elçi said. Kaya said: “as the witnesses of this age in Turkey, we have to see the deep wounds caused by history and we have to take justice out of hiding.”

Ogün Samast, a Turkish ultra-nationalist, was convicted of Dink’s murder in 2011, but questions remain over the alleged involvement of state security forces.

Some roads in Istanbul will be closed as part of police measures for the anniversary, state-run Anadolu reported on Monday citing a decision by the city governor.

Ahval

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