Petition calls to name avenue in Istanbul after Hrant Dink

A total of 3,030 people have signed a petition that has been delivered to the Şişli Municipality in Istanbul on Monday morning demanding that it change street names with Turkish nationalist connotations in the district’s Kurtuluş neighborhood, Today’s Zaman reports.

The delegation from the HDP that delivered the petition met with Hacı Kuru, the director for culture and society in Şişli Municipality, which is governed by the Republican People’s Party (CHP).

The 159-page petition calls for the changing of name of Ergenekon Avenue to Hrant Dink Avenue, after the Turkish-Armenian journalist who was murdered on the adjacent Halâskârgazi Street, the location of the former headquarters of the Armenian-Turkish language weekly newspaper Agos.

Tuesday’s meeting was held one day before the ninth anniversary of the assassination of Dink, which has been commemorated every year since with a march and demonstration in the district, with hundreds holding black signs that read, “We are all Hrant, we are all Armenian!”

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