Hrant Dink is being commemorated in Istanbul in front of his newspaper Agos on the 8th anniversary of his passing. You can follow developments here live.
The HDP Şişli District Organization commemorated Hrant Dink with a rally on the 8th anniversary of his assassination. HDP also released a press statement underlining Cizre Police Chief Ercan Demir’s connection with the Dink murder. Several recent murders and disappearances in Cizre have been linked to the police.
Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that was the target of the armed attack on January 7, had recently also focused on issues related to Turkey. Particularly the Armenian Genocide and the Kurdish Question featured in the pages of the magazine in various contexts.
Mathieu Madénian, the humorist and columnist of Armenian origin who worked for Charlie Hebdo was saved from the massacre in which 12 people died because he didn’t go to work that day.
Declarations made at the 7th Ambassadors Conference have revealed Turkey’s ‘action plan’ for the 100th anniversary of the Genocide. According to the plan, the ‘leaving the issue to historians’ thesis will once again take centre stage, and church renovations will be underlined. Foreign commission members state that they will carry out ‘stunning’ lobbying efforts abroad.
Speaking at a symposium, Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, Deputy Patriarch of Turkey Armenians said “It is high time to stop the Armenian Question being used across international platforms as a wild card, as the Joker in a card deck”.
14 year old Ümit Kurt killed by fire opened from armoured police vehicle entering the Cudi neighbourhood of Cizre District, Şırnak
In the suicide bombing that took place in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, last night, police officer Kenan Kumaş was killed. While the suicide bomber also died, another police officer was wounded.
Yetvart Danzikyan on the official dinner Prime Minister Davutoğlu held for religious leaders: “This is, of course, a positive meeting, and the messages that have come out of the dinner are also positive. However, regarding the issue of representation, one must accept that there is something strange about the other side of the dinner table. It is part of the job of the Prime Minister to hold such meetings, but once you describe it as a “family” dinner, we have to ask what kind of family we are talking about here, and about those who have been left out.”
Following Murat Bardakçı’s claim that dispatch registers kept following the decision of forced displacement in 1915 had been hidden by a Turkish Historical Society (TTK) officer, a response is expected from former high-ranking administrators of the institution.