Thousands Turn Out for Dink Memorial in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Thousands turned out for a memorial rally Tuesday in Yerevan’s Freedom Square to commemorate the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink on Friday The rally was organized by Yerevan City Council with the assistance of political and non-governmental organizations. Members of Armenian National Assembly, as well as Deputy Foreign Minister Gegham Gharibjanian, the US Charge d’Affaires to Armenia Anthony F. Godfrey, representatives of Armenian Apostolic Church, international and local non-governmental organizations attended the rally. The rally was began with a memorial Mass. The thousands of protesters who carried rant Dink’s photos and banners reading "Turkey, Is This Your Way to Europe?" A big photo of Hrant Dink was placed in front of the State Theater where the participants laid flowers and brought burning candles. Another of Dink’s photos was placed on the stage at the Yerevan Opera. In his remarks, Godfrey told journalists that the United States is shocked by the assassination. Expressing deep sympathy to the family and friends of Hrant Dink, as well as to the entire Armenian nation, nevertheless, Anthony Godfrey expressed hope that even by his tragic death the Armenian Turkish journalist will make a great contribution to the unsealing of the Armenian-Turkish border, for which he was fighting his whole life. Answering the question if Hrant Dink’s death could stimulate the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Godfrey stressed that this issue currently is being discussed in the US Congress. "But the most important thing today is the unsealing of the Armenian-Turkish border and launching dialogue between Armenia and Turkey. We are very sorry for what happened," stated the vice-ambassador. On January 25, a mourning march is scheduled to begin from Shahumian Square to the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide monument. The participants will lay flowers to the Eternal Fire in memory of Hrant Dink.

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