06/02/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – This past Saturday, Turkey’s General Directorate of Security (EGM) arrested a suspect identified simply as H.A. regarding the issuance of death threats to the Hrant Dink Foundation. This organization was founded after the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink and received these threats on Friday.
The threat’s content demanded that the group leave Turkey and threatened Rakel Dink, Hrant Dink’s widow and a lawyer at the foundation. The threat also included the phrase “we may turn up one night, when you least expect it.” This is a slogan often used by national groups and was frequently heard in the time leading up to Hrant Dink’s assassination. The phrase was also used by President Erdoğan before recent Turkish incursions into Syria.
Hrant Dink was targeted for speaking out about the Armenian genocide and their rights in Turkey. The fact that Turkish security forces knew of the assassination plot but failed to act has troubled the Armenian community, and religious minorities more broadly, for years. Death threats to Dink’s foundation using the language of the current Turkish president only exacerbate the fear and mistrust that religious minorities regularly feel in Turkey.
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