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Slain Armenian journalist remembered

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The one-year anniversary of the death of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in Istanbul drew thousands of mourners to the Turkish city Saturday.

The BBC said thousands of people were in Istanbul to honor Dink, who was gunned down after calling on his countrymen to demand justice for the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War II.

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Those demands caused Dink to become a hated figure in Turkey and on Jan. 19, 2007, he was assassinated. Nineteen people have been charged in his death and are now on trial in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, thousands joined Dink's widow in remembering the late journalist Saturday.

"We are at the pavement where they tried to clean his blood with soap," Dink's widow, Rakel, said.

"You are here for justice today. A scream for justice rises from your silence."

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