DAYS OF SORROW


Professor Akkan Suver: January 20, 1990 has become an anniversary that marks a drama not only for Azerbaijan, but for the whole of humanity

Istanbul, January 20, AZERTAC

The Turkish media have published an article by Akkan Suver, president of the Marmara Group Foundation, who writes about the incidents that occurred in Azerbaijan in January of 1990 when the Soviet army murdered and wounded hundreds of innocent people in capital Baku. “In the aftermaths of this tragedy, the night between Jan. 19 and 20 has been marked as the night on which even the carnation shed tears, since the massacre has become associated with the carnations that were thrown into the puddles of blood shed in the streets of Azerbaijan,” says Dr Suver in his article headlined “ The night on which even the carnation shed tears”.

He says that between Jan. 19 and 20, 1990, the Red Army penetrated into Baku from all sides, murdering civilians mercilessly pursuant to an introduction of a state of emergency decree approved by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR under Mikhail Gorbachev.

Hundreds of civilians were killed and arrested after the proclamation of a state of emergency, he says. “Upon the escalation of protests in Azerbaijan, the Soviet Army left Baku. The event marking this tragedy was then called as Black January – Qara Janvar.”

“Jan. 20, 1990, has become an anniversary that marks a drama not only for Azerbaijan, but for the whole of humanity. This drama was – as plain as a pikestaff – a scenario designated under the auspices of the USSR for the following events to be staged in Nagorno-Karabakh,” says Dr Suver.

Sabir Shahtakhty

Special Correspondent

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