Run For Peace – Atilla Altıkat’ı Anıyoruz
We as a new generation of Turkish Canadians, would like to remember Colonel Atilla Altıkat. We remind our community of the importance of living in peace, learning from our past and looking to the future – with hope and love for all of humanity.
Colonel Atilla Altıkat was the Turkish military attaché to Ottawa who was assassinated in 1982.
He was on his way to work when he stopped for a red light at Island Park Drive, near the Ottawa River, and another car stopped nearby. Witnesses said a lone gunman emerged from the second vehicle, went to the passenger side of Col. Altıkat’s car and fired some 10 shots from a 9mm handgun through the window, killing the diplomat instantly. The gunman ran into the cover of some nearby bushes and the driver of his car sped away.
The incident was the only time a foreign diplomat had been killed on Canadian soil, and the perpetrators of the crime are still at large and yet to be brought to justice.
His daughter Zeynep was 17 years old and his son Göker was 4 years old at the time of the assassination.
Colonel Altıkat was one of the 42 Turkish diplomats whose lives were taken by the cowardly hand of terrorism in a series of attacks between 1973 and 1986. It was the first and only act of terrorism against a diplomat on this great land of freedom. The assassination of Colonel Altıkat has illustrated that old wounds and historic events still have the potential to trigger hatred in our community. Ultimately, this resulted in the taking of the life of an innocent man, and father of two – on the streets of our capital, Ottawa.
The Turkish Society of Canada respectfully invites you to the event “Run for Peace” to celebrate peace and love in our community. Together, hand to hand we will condemn racism against innocent people. Please join us for a peaceful run and family event at Toronto High Park, 1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3 on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 10:00 am.
For more information and registration:
MUGE AYDIN: 647-994-0341 – firstname.lastname@example.org
RUCHAN AKKOK: 416-821-2411 email@example.com