Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Istanbul for the funeral Hrant Dink, the Turkish Armenian journalist who was gunned down last Friday. In a massive outpouring of grief, they lined the route of the funeral procession – an eight kilometre march between the newspaper building where he was murdered and the cemetery where he’ll be buried.
Many Turks are shocked that Dink, who had sought reconciliation between Muslim Turks and Christian Armenians, was apparently killed because of his views. He had received multiple death threats from nationalists because of his opinions on the mass killings of Armenians during the final days of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkish prosecutors claim the teenager suspected of gunning down Dink in Istanbul on Friday has confessed. Ogun Samast, 17, was escorted to the scene of the crime on Sunday as part of a reconstruction. He is been held along with six other men, one of whom has spent 11 months in jail for a bomb attack outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Trabzon in 2004. Police say so far they have found the murder has no political dimension or link to any organisation.