Russian massacre in Azerbaijan commemorated in Turkey

Black January was a violent crackdown of the Azerbaijani independence movement in Baku on January 1920, 1990, pursuant to a state of emergency during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Russian massacre in Azerbaijan commemorated in Turkey

The Azerbaijani consul general in an eastern Turkish province said on Wednesday that the January 20 massacre would continue to remain as a dark page in the history of humanity.

Ayhan Suleymanov said that January 20 had a great role in the national awakening of the Azerbaijani people.

"This act of terror was committed against humanity, and will stay as a dark page in the history of humanity as one of the heaviest murders," Suleymanov said during a ceremony to commemorate the massacre in the eastern province of Kars.

Black January, also known as Black Saturday or the January Massacre, was a violent crackdown of the Azerbaijani independence movement in Baku on January 1920, 1990, pursuant to a state of emergency during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Considering the incidents erupted against the Armenians as a pretext, the Russian sent 60,000 soldiers to Baku on January 19, 1990 and 137 people died in the massacre of Russian soldiers on January 20. 700 others were wounded and 800 people went missing.

Suleymanov said at the same time, 250,000 Azerbaijani citizens who were living in Armenia were expelled from their motherland, and the aim was to frighten the Azerbaijani people and shake their eagerness for independence.

"Then time showed that Azerbaijani people did not give up their eagerness," Suleymanov also said.

The commemoration ceremony began as executives laid a wreath on Haydar Aliyev Monument, and continued with a meeting at the Buyuk Kale Hotel.

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