Posted by: sean | January 23, 2007

Hrant Dink’s last column

The tragic assassination of Hrant Dink seems to be leading to somesmall but symbolic conciliation between Armenia and Turkey.

Meanwhile, the BBC has an excerpt of Dink’s last column about his trial for “insulting Turkishness,” published the day he was shot dead in the streets of Istanbul:

The memory of my computer is filled with angry, threatening lines sent by citizens from this sector…

How real are these threats? To be honest, it is impossible for me to know for sure.

What is truly threatening and unbearable for me is the psychological torture I place myself in. The question that really gets to me, is: ‘What are these people thinking about me?’

Unfortunately I am now better-known than before and I feel people looking at me, thinking: ‘Oh, look, isn’t he that Armenian guy?’

I am just like a pigeon, equally obsessed by what goes-on on my left and right, front and back. My head is just as mobile and fast.

… Do you ministers know the price of making someone as scared as a pigeon?

What my family and I have been through has not been easy. I have considered leaving this country at times…

But leaving a ‘boiling hell’ to run to a ‘heaven’ is not for me. I wanted to turn this hell into heaven.

We stayed in Turkey because that was what we wanted – and out of respect for the thousands of people here who supported me in my fight for democracy…

I am now applying to the European Court of Human Rights. I don’t know how long the case will take, but what I do know is that I will continue living here in Turkey until the case is finalised.

And if the court rules in my favour I will be very happy and will never have to leave my country.

2007 will probably be an even harder year for me. The court cases will continue, new ones will be initiated and God knows what kind of additional injustices I will have to face.

I may see myself as frightened as a pigeon, but I know that in this country people do not touch pigeons.

Pigeons can live in cities, even in crowds. A little scared perhaps, but free.

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