Hrant Dink was best known for being critical of the Turkish government over issues of Armenian identity and over official versions of history in Turkey relating to the massacres of Armenians in 1915. He was repeatedly targeted for expressing his opinions.
In 2005, he was given a six-month suspended prison sentence for “denigrating Turkishness” in writings about the identity of Turkish citizens of Armenian origin.
January 10, 2007: Death Threats
Hrant Dink had been receiving death threats for several months prior to his death. However, no action was taken by the Turkish government to protect Dink. On January 10, 2007; he wrote his last column in the newspaper about the death threats he was receiving.
January 19, 2007: Murder
Hrant Dink, a Turkish citizen of Armenian descent, was assassinated outside the offices of the Agos newspaper where he was the editor. According to witnesses, the assassin shouted “I shot the infidel.”
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Many Armenian political parties and intellectuals have expressed their concerns over recent discussions on Armeno-Turkish relations that have been taking place between Yerevan and Ankara. The “Soccer Diplomacy” has also received much attention from Armenians in the Diaspora, as it seems that the long term goals of the Armenian cause are being used as a bargaining chip in these discussions.
Enraged by the abrasive tone of Turkey’s condemnation of Israel’s attack on Gaza, Israeli officials and Turkish analysts are now raising the possibility that Tel Aviv may retaliate either by recognizing the Armenian Genocide or refusing to help Turkey to lobby against a congressional resolution on the genocide, according to the Publisher of The California Courier.
“This unexpected turn of events was in response to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s continued harsh criticisms, accusing Israel of “perpetrating inhuman actions which would bring it to self-destruction. Allah will sooner or later punish those who transgress the rights of innocents.” Erdogan qualified Israel’s attack on Gaza as “savagery” and a “crime against humanity.” He also refused to take calls from Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and rejected a request by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to visit Ankara.
Yesterday, in the Lebanese Armenian daily newspaper, Aztag, I read the press announcements of A.R.F. Armenia’s central committee and A.R.F. Lebanon’s central committee.
A.R.F. Armenia’s central committee has invited the Armenians to protest infront of the airport.
A.R.F. Lebanon’s central committee has explained about the relation between Turkey and Armenia.
When the Turkish president arrived Yerevan, there was a protest organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation “Dashnagtsoutyoun” near the airport. But there was another weird thing that happened, the opposition (Levon Ter Petrossian supporters) lifted their protest to welcome the Turks, it really shows the level of nationalism in those people.