I had been following Dink's actions for the last 2-3 years I suppose, and the man was truly inspiring. And while I did not (at least entirely) agree with his stance on the genocide law in France, the position he took (considering his own past and identity) made him a man of true principle, and truly made him stand out among all his peers in Turkey.
Upon hearing the news Friday, and at a loss of words, all I could manage to think was "what now?"
The man's legacy does not need to be advertised or emphasized. His own actions have ensured that his name is immortalized. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, but now, it is his struggle that needs to be continued, and we must all partake in it to the best of our abilities. To do my part, I figured I'd submit an article to my faculty's newspaper, and a letter to the editor of the Montreal Gazette. Whether the latter will be published, Asdvadz kidé, but I'd doubt it. But even then, it's still some noise made. Protests, articles, letters, anything works. Nobody can use the "I have no time" excuse if one of our fellow Armenians paid for the same struggle with his life. So I encourage everyone to take action, as small as it may be. Cliché? Definitely. But I can't think of anything else to say.
I strongly urge all Montreal Armenians to be at the corner of Henri-Bourassa and Peel this Tuesday at noon to partake in the demonstration that will take place from 12 to 1. I hope we can gather more than a hundred people. Students especially, I know that you've all already skipped class for much less important reasons.
While I will write about this later too...Taner Akçam will be lanching his new book, A SHAMEFUL ACT, on Friday, February 16th at 5pm, at the Faculty of Law of McGill, and on Saturday at the Bolsahay community center. More details to follow, but mark your agendas already. On the backdrop of all that has been happening recently, I expect the hall to be overflowing with attendants. I especially urge every one of you to bring ODAR friends along to the event at McGill.