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, renownedAmerican 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 “We are here, brother” and is preparing to call for justice during the demonstration.
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, thr Hurriyet Daily News reports.