Armenians and Turks mark the 103rd anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire by carrying photos of the victims and slain Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in Istanbul on April 24, 2018. The anniversary is commemorated every April 24 to mark the beginning of events that led to the systematic extermination of more than 1.5 million Armenians during World War I. Most scholars, as well as the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and 13 EU Member States recognise the mass killings as an act of genocide, The Turkish government, however, categorically denies the label and insists the number of deaths is far smaller.