Thousands in Turkey Mark Anniversary of Dink Assassination

ISTANBUL (AP)–Thousands of people marked on Monday the second anniversary of the slaying Turkish Armenian journalist, Hrant Dink, by placing red carnations on the spot where he was shot dead.

Dink, the Editor of Turkey’s bilingual “Agos” Daily newspaper, was shot outside his offices on January 19, 2007, in an alleged nationalist killing because he had campaigned for better relations between Turkey and Armenia. Dink had been prosecuted in Turkey several times before his death for calling for an end to Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide.

His killing led to international condemnation and debate within Turkey about free speech. The alleged gunman and several others have gone on trial over his death.

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