Sydney: Armenian protest over murder

Armenian protest over murder
January 25, 2007 12:00am

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia
Jan 24 2007

MORE than 500 members of Sydney’s Armenian community rallied outside
the city’s Turkish consulate yesterday in protest at the murder of
outspoken journalist Hrant Dink.

Mr Dink, 52, was shot outside his newspaper office in Istanbul on
Friday.

Many believe he was a target because of his criticism of the Turkish
Government over its continued refusal to acknowledge the Armenian
genocide at the end of World War I.

Up to 600 Sydney-based Armenians gathered outside the Turkish
consulate to express their anger at Mr Dink’s death, said Armenian
National Committee of Australia president Tro Kortian.

Protesters called on the Turkish Government to punish the teenager
who confessed to Mr Dink’s murder, and also urged it to acknowledge
the Armenian genocide.

Dr Kortian said it had been a peaceful rally.

"The purpose was to convey the community’s collective indignation as
well as to add the community’s voice to the international
condemnation regarding the assassination of Hrant Dink," he said.

Dr Kortian said the Turkish Government’s continuing denial of the
genocide was feeding an atmosphere of intolerance and racial hatred.

Consular officials refused to accept a letter from a delegation of
protesters, but Dr Kortian said he was confident the message had been
heard.

Speeches in Armenian and English, and a tribute to Mr Dink’s life and
work featured in the one-hour protest.

Between 25,000 and 30,000 Armenians live in Sydney.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS