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On this day - Jan. 19, 2007: Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was assassinated in Istanbul

January 19, 2020

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On this day - Jan. 19, 2007: Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was assassinated in Istanbul

On this day in 2007, Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was assassinated outside of his newspaper offices in Istanbul. 

On this day, 13 years ago, Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot dead outside of his newspaper offices in broad daylight by an extremist teenager. The assassination sent shock waves in Turkey, where a crowd numbering 100,000 marched, chanting, “We are all Hrant Dink.” Throughout his short life, Dink was an outspoken champion of truth and a defender of human rights, speaking power from his pen. In his final editorial for AGOS, “My Heart’s Dovish Disquiet,” Dink expressed that those who sought to instill fear in him were partly successful. “I am just like a dove.” The dove stands for peace but lives its life in constant fear. But, he concluded, “I know that in this country, nobody ever hurts doves.” These words, published shortly before his assassination, are haunting.

 
At h-pem, we are inspired by the writings, values, and courageousness of Hrant Dink, who, in the midst of grave danger and violence, stood firm in his calls for mutual understanding and acknowledgment of history. Today, and every day, we state proudly, unwaveringly, and solemnly, «Մենք հոս ենք, աղբարիկ:» “We are here, brother.”

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