A little over a year ago, the editor of the newspaper “Agos” was assassinated in Istanbul, en route to his newspaper office. Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian editor, received multiple death threats from Nationalists.
San Francisco’s Armenian American Community is to hold a demonstration in San Francisco today, organized by the Armenian National Committee. The demonstration is at the site of an all-day workshop, called “Portrait of Turkey,” between Stockton and Kearny, at 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco.
After the assassination, thousands of people demonstrated in Istanbul for several days following the tragedy, and it was reported that over 100,000 mourners marched in the funeral procession.
Turkish law prohibits “insulting Turkishness” and Dink had faced multiple prosecutions for statements he made affirming the Armenian Genocide.
At the time of his murder, there was increasing official pressure to silence him, from the Turkish Government. There was also a renewed drive by the US State Department to block Congress from commemorating the Armenian Genocide as a crime against humanity.