November 28, 2017
Human rights defender Tahir Elçi, who was the former head of the Diyarbakır Bar Association, was commemorated on the second anniversary of his death on Tuesday, with several events organised across Turkey and in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
Elçi, who was also a vocal human rights activist, was killed in broad daylight on Nov. 28, 2015, in the central Sur district of the city while making a public statement to draw attention to the damage done to the district’s historic sites, including the area surrounding the famous Four-Legged Minaret. Despite two years passing since the incident, not a single suspect has been determined in connection to the murder.
According to a report by Hurriyet daily news on Tuesday, a ceremony was held near the Four-Legged Minaret with the participation of lawmakers, bar heads, writers, activists and non-governmental organization representatives, as well as Elçi’s relatives and Diyarbakır residents. The ceremony started with a moment of silence in memory of Elçi.
“The pain and anger in our hearts is growing,” current Diyarbakır Bar Association head Ahmet Özmen said at the ceremony, which was followed by the laying of carnations on the police barricades set up in front of the Four-Legged Minaret.