Azerbaijan commemorates the victims of the January 20 tragedy on Wednesday. The entry into Baku on January 20, 1990 of the combat units of the Soviet army to suppress large-scale demonstrations of the masses, protesting against the aggressive actions of Armenia and its territorial claims to Azerbaijan, against its patronage from the leadership of the former USSR, led to an unprecedented tragedy.
January 20, 1990 became a heroic page in the history of the struggle for independence and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
In those tragic days, the valiant sons and daughters of the Motherland, for whom the freedom, honor and dignity of the country and the people were above all, sacrificed their own lives and rose to the heights of martyrdom.
The tragedy of January 20, which led to great losses and the extermination of innocent people, demonstrated the fighting spirit, inflexibility and pride of the Azerbaijani people, who, not tolerating the treacherous policy of the leadership of the criminal empire headed by Gorbachev, towards Azerbaijan, strove for freedom and independence.
The military units brought into Baku, as well as other regions of Azerbaijan at the direction of Mikhail Gorbachev, brutally killed 147 civilians on the night of January 19-20, 1990. During the events, 744 innocent civilians were injured, many of them were disabled for life, 841 people were illegally arrested. The Soviet troops brought into Baku destroyed 200 apartments and houses, 80 cars, including ambulances, a large amount of personal and state property.
Despite the fact that thirty-one years have passed since those bloody events, the Azerbaijani people will forever remember that terrible night and express their deep contempt for those who are guilty of this tragedy.
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