Azerbaijani Embassy in Moldova distributed a press release on January 20 tragedy.
The document distributed among all branches of the Moldovan authorities, including the diplomatic corps accredited in Chisinau, NGOs and the media of this country, narrates on the invasion of Baku by a large contingent of the Soviet army, interior troops and special units, accompanied by extreme cruelty and unprecedented atrocities in January 1990. It was implemented a carnage over the peaceful population, hundreds of people have been killed, wounded, missing, the documents says.
Totally, according to the press release, by the illegal introduction of troops in Baku and regions of the country there were killed 133 people, injured 744 people, illegally arrested 841 people and five people were missing. The soldiers were annihilated, and burnt 200 houses and apartments, 80 vehicles, including ambulances, the state and private property for a total of 5,637,286 rubles. Among the dead were women, children and the elderly, as well as ambulance workers and police.
Soldiers with cruelty shot people in the face, carried out deliberate assaults of tanks and armored attacks on passenger cars to kill them, shelled hospitals and prevent health-care personnel to assist the wounded. The soldiers took away the wounded, bayoneted them, and used special bullets to frighten and kill people, and multiply the suffering and make death inevitable.
On this day, in Moscow before the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan there was held a protest meeting of Azerbaijanis who raised in their hands black flags in the streets of Moscow and rallied towards the Central Committee of the CPSU to present their protest appeal. Former leader of Azerbaijan, member of the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee, First Deputy Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers, who was retired then, Heydar Aliyev, appeared in Azerbaijan's permanent representation in Moscow, held a press conference to condemn inhumane action of the Soviet troops in Azerbaijan.
Finally, the press release says: “Baku said farewell to the dead sons and daughters of Azerbaijan. Millions of people gathered on the Lenin Square. The funeral procession passed in the Highland Park of Baku, which was selected for the burial of the victims. They were heroes for future generations, and they were martyrs, killed for the independence and sovereignty of Azerbaijan./AzerTAc/