SEARCH BLOG: POLITICS
The Turkish-Armenian relationship hasn't had an international reputation for cordiality ever since the Genocide in the early 20th century.
So, it seemed strange to see this [source]:
Thousands of people held placards and a portrait of the slain journalist Hrant Dink during a commemoration ceremony in front of the offices of the Armenian newspaper "Agos" in Istanbul on Wednesday.
The protest marked the day five years ago when Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian writer and newspaper editor, was gunned down in broad daylight by a 17-year-old ultranationalist.
"We all are Armenians, we all are Hrant Dink," the crowd chanted, marching from Istanbul's central Taksim Square to the busy boulevard where Mr. Dink was shot outside the office of the tiny Agos daily newspaper.
Mr. Dink became the target for Turkish ultranationalists after he wrote a series of articles on the massacre of ethnic Armenians in 1915, in today's eastern Turkey, in which he called for reconciliation between Turks and Armenians. He was charged then with "insulting Turkishness," a crime under the penal code.Maybe there's hope for the rest of the Middle East.