YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Thousands in Yerevan marked on Monday the second anniversary of the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, whose life was cut short on January 19, 2007 by an ultranationalist gunman working on behalf of a secret underground circle now under investigation in Turkey.
Armenia’s Diaspora Minister Hran’sh Hakobian led procession to the memorial, held at the Dzidzernagapert Genocide Memorial Monument.
"Today the mankind of the world, including the Armenia’s of the Diaspora, mourn over Hrant Dink’s martyr. He lived his life as a peculiar symbol, a symbol of independence, freedom, democracy, tolerance. All this was not forgiven by extremists," Hakobian told reporters after the funeral."With his death he helped expand the struggle for democracy and freedom [in Turkey]."
A march through Yerevan to Dzidzernagapert was also organized to commemorate the life and murder of the Agos editor.