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Turkish Armenians march for Dink action


Two hundred Turkish Armenians have demonstrated in Istanbul, accusing the government in Ankara of dragging its feet over the murder of a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist.

Hrant Dink was killed by a Turkish ultra-nationalist five years ago. His killer has been convicted.

But the protesters are angry that cases against others accused of conspiracy still have not been resolved.

Newspaper columnist and activist in the Armenian community, Garo Paylan, said: “The State isn’t able to dissociate itself from the murderers and the instigators of the murder itself. Many things echoed in our minds, especially with the bill debated in the French parliament.”

Dink was Turkey’s best known Armenian voice abroad. He was frequently criticised by Turkish nationalists for saying the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was genocide.

He was shot in broad daylight in the street as he left his office in January 2007.

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