Baku, June 1, AZERTAC
The US-based “Porterville Recorder” newspaper has published an article by Raoul Lowery Contreras, who has recently visited the Guba Genocide Memorial Complex.
In the article, headlined “Atrocities, real and imagined”, Lowery Contreras highlighted the barbarism committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis on March 31, 1918.
“There on March 31st, 1918, a combination of Armenian radicals called “Dashnaks” combined with Armenian and Russian Communists to “cleanse” Jews and Azeris from the province of Guba that had been under Russian governance since the early 1800s. This atrocity’s goal was to create an Armenian communist republic,” he says.
“These troops rounded up and killed any Azeris and Jews they could find. They then dragged people out of their homes and killed them.
The Armenians called their “Dashnak” troops – The “Punishment Brigade.” They killed tens of thousands of Azeris, Jews and other minorities in these few days in March and April of 1918. History, with Armenian help, has smugly passed over the slaughter. A construction project has revived the bloody events of almost a hundred years ago. Workers stumbled onto a mass grave of Azeri/Jewish victims in 2007.
The Azeri’s have built a monument – The Guba Genocide Memorial Complex -- to the victims and documented with heavy research and many, many photographs of the events, the massive destruction of Guba and surrounding villages and the massacre’s aftermath. Surprisingly and shockingly there is more to the memorial than photos, weapons and documents to be seen and understood.”
“In a protected and covered area is an archeological dig that has uncovered -- thousands of bones and skulls of victims circa March 31, 1918. It took my breath away when I was escorted into the protected area. These bones and skulls were not laid out on tables for study, they were there compacted by several feet of dirt that was shoveled onto the bodies by their murderers who tried to cover-up their hideous war crimes.
It shocked me – shocked me – to see the bones of hundreds of men, women and children killed by the Armenians and their Communist partners. It shocked me, it depressed me, and it made me detest barbarians,” says Lowery Contreras.