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    Hrant Dink assassination's anniversary

    7 years ago Hrant Dink who was a prominent member of the Armenian minority killed in Turkey.

    As editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, Hrant Dink was a prominent member of the Armenian minority in Turkey.

    Dink was best known for advocating Turkish-Armenian reconciliation and human and minority rights in Turkey; he was often critical of both Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide, and of the Armenian diaspora's campaign for its international recognition.

    Hrant Dink was born in Malatya on September 15, 1954, the eldest of three sons to Sarkis Dink, a tailor from Gürün, Sivas, and Gülvart Dink, from Kangal, Sivas.

    His father's gambling debts led to the family's move to İstanbul in 1960, where they sought a new beginning.

    Dink's grandfather enrolled the boys at the Gedikpaşa Armenian Orphanage; Dink often noted his grandfather, who spoke seven languages and read constantly, as the role model and father figure who inspired his love of letters.

    The Gedikpaşa Armenian Orphanage, an institution run by the Armenian Evangelical Community, was to be home to Hrant Dink for the next ten years.

    During his senior year, he was expelled from the Üsküdar Surp Haç, and completed his high school degree at the Şişli Public High School.

    Hrant Dink continued his education at Istanbul University, where he studied zoology and became a sympathizer of TİKKO, the armed faction of the Maoist TKP-ML.

    Hrant Dink parted ways with his friends and remained at the sympathizer level, completing his bachelor's degree in Zoology and enrolling in the Philosophy Department for a second bachelor's degree, which he did not complete.

    Hrant Dink was one of the founders of Agos weekly, the only newspaper in Turkey published in Armenian and Turkish, and served as the editor-in-chief of Agos from its founding in 1996 until his death in 2007.

    Dink was prosecuted three times for denigrating Turkishness, while receiving numerous death threats from Turkish nationalists.

    Hrant Dink was assassinated in Istanbul in January 2007, by Ogün Samast, a 17-year old Turkish nationalist.

    This was shortly after the premiere of the genocide documentary Screamers, in which he is interviewed about Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and the case against him.

    While Samast has since been taken into custody, photographs of the assassin flanked by smiling Turkish police and gendarmerie, posing with the killer side by side in front of the Turkish flag, have since surfaced.

    The photos created a scandal in Turkey, prompting a spate of investigations and the removal from office of those involved.

    At his funeral, two hundred thousand mourners marched in protest of the assassination, chanting "We are all Armenians" and "We are all Hrant Dink".

    Today Dink trial reinvestigate and "Friends of Hrant" still chants on street for justice.

    "We are here comrade!"



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