Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   17 February

Turkish student filled with respect towards Sevan Nishanyan promises to fight for his freedom

YEREVAN, APRIL 29, ARMENPRESS. The Turkish student promises to fight for the freedom of the Armenian journalist, linguist Sevan Nishanyan imprisoned in Turkey. "As a young student from Turkey, I am personally interested in Sevan Nishanyan's case, as to me he is the most intelligent and educated person, whom I have ever met. His life story is very impressive, what he has done is simply incredible. He has made great efforts in the field of tourism in Turkey, carried out activities to compile an etymological dictionary of the Turkish language and finally to map the villages. In Turkey we have villages, whose names have been changed by the Government, since they had Armenian or Kurdish names in the past. Sevan Nishanyan began to study the names of the places and finally created a thick book, which can be used by all the people, who are interested in the matter" – in an interview with "Armenpress" told the sociology student of Istanbul Boğaziçi University.

In his words Sevan Nisanyan is one of those intellectuals, who challenge the controversial religious matters and the boundaries, the red lines, drawn by the Kemalists and the nationalists. "In Turkey the freedom of speech is a problem. I really pay attention to the case of Sevan Nishanyan, I respect him, and I want to organize a campaign for his release" - added the student.

It is noteworthy, that the student fixed the picture of the Armenian intellectual on his bag and walked around Turkey.

The Turkish student arrived in Armenia on April 25 in the delegation of the Turkish and European antiracist organizations. On April 24 they attended the commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Armenian Genocide in Istanbul, and on April 26 they visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial. 

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