California-Armenians Condemn Dink Killing

GLENDALE–More than 800 community members gathered at the St. Mary’s Church hall Sunday evening to express their united condemnation on the assassination of Agos editor Hrant Dink, who was gunned down in front of his editorial offices in Istanbul Friday. The gathering was organized jointly by the Western Region boards of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, Armenian Democratic League (Ramgavar party) and the Social Democratic Hunchakian party, each of whose representatives expressed their condolences and condemned the killing as an act against freedom of speech and expression. Glendale City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian was the Master of the Ceremonies, who invited the representative of the Organization of Istanbul Armenia’s Simon Acilacoghlu who provided Dink’s biography and discussed the slain journalist’s life work. Assemblymember Paul Krekorian also condemned the assassination, saying "Republic of Turkey has blood on its hands for that journalist’s brutal murder."

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