The Turkish police have identified the suspected killer of Hrant Dink, a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist, Turkey's NTV news channel has reported.
Ogun Samas, the suspected killer, is said to be from the Black Sea coastal town Trabzon. The police had
NTV said the police had detained ten people in Trabzon including the father of Samas.
Demonstrators protest in front of the Agos newspaper building in Istanbul [AFP]
Dink, 53, was shot at the entrance of the weekly Agos newspaper which he edited
Some 5,000 protesters, many carrying red carnations and pictures of Dink with the inscription "My dear brother" in Turkish, Armenian and English, gathered outside the Agos offices, demanding justice.
They chanted: "We are all Armenians, We are all Hrant Dink."
In Ankara, the country's capital, about 700 people, mainly trade unionists and human rights activists, held a peaceful sit-in in the central Kizilay square.NTV news channel said Dink died instantly after being shot in the head and neck.
Dink 'threatened'Erdal Dogan, Dink's lawyer, told the CNN-Turk news channel that his client had been receiving threats, but had not requested police protection.
Derya Sazak, a columnist for the daily newspaper Milliyet, said: "This is clearly a political murder. It is a planned and premeditated killing."
Jacques Chirac, the French president, sent a letter to Dink's widow which said: "I can't express strongly enough how I condemn this abominable act, which deprives Turkey of one of its most courageous and free voices."
Armenian deathsDink, a well-known and respected journalist, angered the judiciary and Turkish nationalists with his remarks on the World War I mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire, which preceded the Turkish republic.
He always insisted that he was a citizen of Turkey and would never work against his country.
In July, the appeals court upheld a suspended six-month sentence against him for an article he wrote on the collective memory of the massacres.
Dink's conviction was the first under Article 301 of the new Turkish penal code, which deals with "insulting Turkishness" and has since been used to prosecute several other intellectuals.
Mesrob II, patriarch and the spiritual leader of Turkey's 80,000 Armenians, has proclaimed a 15-day period of mourning for Dink.