Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   19 July

Real reasons of Hrant Dink’s assassination should be searched in his bold speeches

YEREVAN, JANUARY 18, ARMENPRESS. Real reasons of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink’s assassination should be searched in his bold speeches in which he condemned restrictions of human rights and free speech; the lack of understanding between peoples. Dean of the YSU Faculty of History, doctor in historical sciences, Professor Edik Minasyan mentioned about this during the interview with journalists.

“A tragedy happened 9 years ago in Turkey which has turned into a comedy in Turkey. 9 years have passed. A man was killed who dedicated his life to democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, and protection of Armenian community. Dink was a devoted son of Armenia who had focused on the problems of restoring historic justice,” Edik Minasyan mentioned as “Armenpress” reports.

According to YSU Dean of the Faculty of History, 17 –year-old Ogün Samast who carried out the murder of Dink was arrested after a few days and was convicted in the crime.

“The trial continued for 5 years with numerous critics, arrests but the real organizer of the crime was not revealed. The process continues today. The Turkish press was discussing the issue, what was the reason for the assassination and there were different opinions. I suspect that the case will be revealed to the end; the new arrests are means of winning a time and dazzling the society. Today’s Turkey, with its steps of violating the human rights shows that there will be no revelations, and organizers will not stand in front of the Court,” Edik Minasyan emphasized.

Hrant Dink, son of the family that was saved from the genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire, was born on September 15, 1954. He founded the only bilingual (Armenian and Turkish) newspaper in the Armenian community – Agos. By that he aimed to introduce the issues of both the community and the minorities of Turkey. He thought that the people in Turkey were prejudiced against the Armenians as they were not well familiar with the Armenians. So he used to say that the Armenians of Istanbul led а very isolated life and that if those in Turkey knew the Armenians better, all the prejudices would vanish.

An article was published in Agos about Sabiha Gökçen – one of Atatürk’s adopted children, shedding light to the fact that the first combat pilot of Turkey  - Sabiha - was an Armenian woman, moreover one that became an orphan due to the Armenian Genocide and then was adopted by the founder of the Republic of Turkey. After the article was published, Dink was threatened not only by nationalist circles, but also state officials.

Dink lived by breaking barriers and died believing that a day will come when a Turkish citizen will wake up in a country where he would not be ashamed of his own past, a country where all will be equal irrespective of their nationality, religion, gender or ideas…

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