Thousands of mourners have attended the funeral of slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. The service in the Armenian Christian Church of Meriem Ana in Istanbul drew Cabinet ministers, foreign diplomats, Armenian government officials and members of Turkey’s 60,000 strong Armenian community as well as family and friends.
Dink was shot three times outside the offices of his Agos newspaper in broad daylight on Friday. The writer was apparently gunned down because of his views on the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915, a highly sensitive issue in Turkey to this day. A 17-year-old Turk Ogun Samast has been arrested along with six others.
Outside the church, some 50,000 people filed silently behind the coffin many holding black and white signs claiming “We are all Hrant Dink” and “we are all Armenians”. Hrant Dink has been laid to rest at Istanbul’s Armenian cemetry he leaves a wife and three children.