Protesters dedicate a street to slain journalist Hrant Dink in Gezi Park

Hrant Dink streetThe demonstrators now freely occupying Istanbul’s Gezi Park for the last few days opened June 5 a symbolic street dedicated to the murdered Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

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 demonstrations famously chanted “We are all Armenians.”

Turkish historian Taner Akcam has shared a video in Facebook, which shows activists speaking about the Armenian Genocide and the history of the park. They give the information that the Park originally was an Armenian cemetery.!

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