Victims of Hocalý massacre to be commemorated

Both civil society and members of the Turkish Parliament will pay tribute to the victims of the Hocalý massacre on its 15 anniversary today and in the coming days.

Victims of Hocalý massacre to be commemorated
Ankara's Keçiören Municipality will today hold a ceremony at a monument built in memoriam of Hocalý victims. Tonight Bilkent Symphony Orchestra -- which has lot of Azerbaijani musicians -- will play a requiem and a photograph exhibition will be opened at Bilkent University's Mithat Çoruh Auditorium.
Tomorrow, the Turkish Parliament will also host a photograph exhibition while Deputy Parliament Speaker Sadýk Yakut and Member of Parliament Haluk Ýpek -- who is also chair of the Turkey-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary Friendship Group -- will address the Parliament's General Assembly.
The Speaker of the Parliament, Bülent Arýnç, is also expected to participate in the opening of the photograph exhibition tomorrow. The city of Hocalý in Upper Karabakh, which is still under Armenian occupation, was seized by Armenian armed forces and Russian troops based in the region on February 25th 1992. About 2,500 civilians, the majority of which are women, children and elderly, were bombarded for a long time before military forces seized the city. People of the city, which was largely burnt down, had fled the city to go to Agdam, the only open direction allowed by the occupying powers, but after a short while, it was reported that this way was blocked, too, and those who had started to flee were ambushed. A total of 613 Azerbaijanis, including 106 women and 63 children, were massacred by Armenian and Russian forces in addition to earlier attacks in Hocalý. Armenian forces occupying the city had captured 1,275 people and 150 were reported as missing.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijani media reported that both Azerbaijani and Turkish diaspora will participate in demonstrations to be held in Washington and New York. The Head of the Azerbaijan Society of America (ASA), Tomris Azeri, said that the ASA has been a member of Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA) and Assembly of Turkish American Association (ATAA) for 40 years. Both organizations have helped the society to organize events on the Hocalý massacre, she noted gratefully. Turkey and Azerbaijan are readying to take action to counter the intensifying attacks of the Armenian diaspora, which has been striving for an international recognition of the so-called Armenian genocide, Zaman daily reported over the weekend.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16