Thousands of protesters massed in Istanbul on Sunday to demand justice for prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink murdered seven years ago.
Turkish riot police were out in force at Istanbul's Taksim Square, where protesters gathered to mark the anniversary of Dink's death. Demonstrators chanted slogans such as "Murderer state will account for this" and "We are all Hrant Dink, we are all Armenians."
"I'm not here only for Hrant. For more than 100 years, there has been so much injustice in Turkey... and it is not only Armenians who have been affected," young historian Saro Dadyan told the AFP news agency.
The 52 year-old Dink, a leading member of Turkey's small Armenian community, was gunned down in broad daylight by a teenage ultranationalist near the office of his newspaper, "Agos." Dink enraged many Turkish nationalists for describing the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as genocide. His supporters claim a state cover up and accuse the government of protecting officials allegedly involved in Dink’s murder.
A former Turkish police informant accused of instigating the murder claimed during his trial last month that he had warned police of the plot but they failed to act. Dink's self-confessed murderer, Ogun Samast, a 17-year-old jobless high-school dropout at the time, was sentenced to almost 23 years in jail in 2011.