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World Azerbaijanis commemorate Black January

21 January 2012 [11:43] - TODAY.AZ
The embassy of Azerbaijan in Tajikistan has organized an event to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of 20 January tragedy. The event brought together employees of the Embassy, representatives of the diplomatic corps and international organizations, Azerbaijani businessmen and journalists.

Opening the event, charge d`affaires Ilham Zamanov said on January 20, 1990, the Soviet troops invaded Baku killing and injuring hundreds of innocent and defenseless people.
Participants of the event watched a documentary on the Bloody January.

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In Dubai, a commemorative event organized by the Azerbaijani Embassy brought together members of the Azerbaijani community in the country and students studying here. Ambassador Elkhan Gahramanov made a speech at the event, condemning the leadership of the former Soviet Union which ordered the massacre.

The diplomat noted that thanks to national leader Heydar Aliyev the tragedy was given a political and legal assessment. The event also featured a documentary on the tragedy.

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In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan`s diplomatic representation hosted an event which was attended by representatives of the Azerbaijani community and students. Speakers at the event briefed the participants on the Azerbaijani people`s struggle for independence and freedom. They condemned the Soviet leadership`s actions against the Azerbaijani people.

Speakers noted that thanks to national leader Heydar Aliyev the tragedy was given a political and legal assessment. Participants of the event watched a documentary on the Bloody January.

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A commemorative event to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Black January was organized in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Making a speech at the event, Azerbaijan`s Consul General in Aktau Rashad Mammadov spoke of history of the tragedy.

Other speakers called the January 20 events “one of the most tragic days in Azerbaijan`s history”. The event participants saw a documentary featuring the tragedy.

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Azerbaijan`s Embassy in Turkmenistan organized an event to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of 20 January tragedy. The event brought together employees of the Embassy, representatives of the community, intellectuals and businessmen.

Ambassador Vahdat Sultanzade spoke of the history of the massacre. The diplomat pointed out the day after the tragedy happened, national leader Heydar Aliyev came to permanent representation of Azerbaijan in Moscow, and held there a press conference overtly condemning the Soviet leadership`s actions against the Azerbaijani people.

The Ambassador praised President Ilham Aliyev`s role in bringing the realities behind the January 20 massacre and Azerbaijanis` genocide to the world community. The event also featured a documentary on the tragedy.


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