ARF Bureau Statement on Hrant Dink’s Murder

The Bureau of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation condemns the murder of "Agos" Weekly editor Hrant Dink in Istanbul. This abhorrent crime brings new threats to the rights and existence of the Armenian community in Turkey. The Turkish state and its government are fully responsible. Dink was killed for his political beliefs, which, in his own manner conveyed the state of the Armenian community in Turkey, as well as the civil rights of other minorities, Turkish-Armenia relations and the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey, always taking into consideration and defending the interests of a "civilized" Turkey… Beliefs, for which he was constantly pursued by the Turkish government. Dink’s murder, once again, proves that there is no tolerance in Turkey for differing views. On the occasion of Dink’s murder we offer our condolences to his family. ARF Bureau January 19, 2007 Yerevan

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