Hrant Dink Commemorated in Yerevan

Candelight vigil in Yerevan for Hrant Dink. (Source: Armenpress)
Candelight vigil in Yerevan for Hrant Dink. (Source: Armenpress)

Candelight vigil in Yerevan for Hrant Dink. (Source: Armenpress)

YEREVAN (Armenpress) —A commemoration event was held in Yerevan for the late Turkish-Armenian journalist and editor of Agos newspaper, Hrant Dink on the 9th anniversary of his death.  Also on the same day, “A New Awakening” NGO operating in Istanbul and the “Hrant Dink” foundation conducted a petition at the Yerevan Municipality aimed at naming one of Yerevan streets after Dink.

Dozens of citizens joined the petition. After conducting a silent assembly for nearly one hour at the Yerevan Municipality, the organizers submitted the request to the Yerevan Municipality.

In an interview with “Armenpress”, Yerevan representative of “A New Awakening”, Nshan Kyuregh mentioned that unfortunately, no large-scale events or protests for the death of Hrant Dink take place in Armenia.

“It would be very desirable if the political parties of Armenia organize events or protests dedicated to the memory of Dink on these days, like it happens in Istanbul. Now our goal is to succeed in naming one of Yerevan’s streets after Dink, because we do not hear the name of Dink very frequently in Armenia. I would like very much that in 2017, which is the 10th anniversary of Dink’s death, political parties of Armenia become more active and organize large-scale activities,” said Kyuregh.

Citizens of Armenia taking part in the commemoration event in Armenia. (Source: Armenpress)

Citizens of Armenia taking part in the commemoration event in Armenia. (Source: Armenpress)

After submitting the results of the petition and the request to the Municipality, the participants walked in the direction of the Republican Square. Participants of the event reached Mashtots Avenue chanting  “Armenia remembers you”, “We are all Hrant”, “Street, struggle, freedom” from where they took the direction to the Republican Square from Amiryan Street.

The event ended at the Republican Square with a candle-lighting ceremony.

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