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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Solidarity at Editor's Funeral

ISTANBUL -- Tens of thousands of people marched in a funeral procession Tuesday for a prominent, ethnic Armenian journalist whose slaying at the entrance of his newspaper's office in broad daylight shocked the country.

Crowds marched along an eight-kilometer route from the newspaper's office, where Hrant Dink was shot dead Friday, to an Armenian Orthodox church.

Despite a request from his family not to turn the funeral into a protest, mourners shouted at times: "Shoulder to shoulder against fascism!" and "Murderer 301!" a reference to the freedom-curbing Turkish law that was used to prosecute Dink and many others on charges of insulting "Turkishness."

Many carried signs reading, "We are all Hrant Dinks" and "We are all Armenians," in Turkish and Armenian.

Dink, 52, the bilingual newspaper's editor, sought to encourage reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia. But he chose a dangerous path by making public statements on the mass killings of Armenians by Turks in the early 20th century, a divisive issue in Turkey.

On several occasions, Dink expressed his view that the killings amounted to genocide. Such statements draw ire from nationalists and others who insist that there was bloodshed on both sides during the tumultuous collapse of the Ottoman Empire.