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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old January 20th, 2006, 17:10 Thread Starter
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BLACK JANUARY, 20 Jan.

THE BLACK JANUARY: 16TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOVIET
INVASION OF BAKY

> On 20 January 1990 the Central Soviet Authorities
> perpetrated an atrocious
> crime against Azerbaijani people. On that day the
> Soviet Army stormed Baky –
> capital of Azerbaijan to punish people rallied on
> the streets protesting
> against violations of the territorial integrity of
> Azerbaijan. Special
> Soviet troops using heavy offensive weapons,
> including tanks and armored
> vehicles, occupied a city. As a result of punitive
> actions more than 130
> civilians were killed and 700 wounded, hundreds of
> people were arrested and
> subjected to various forms of physical pressure.
> Among victims were a 7-year
> old boy, a 16-year old girl, an 80-year old man, a
> young doctor shot in
> ambulance while helping another victim, and many
> other civilians of
> different nationalities of Baky. This massacre
> entered the history of
> Azerbaijan as the ‘Black January’.
> The strong indignation and protest of the people of
> Azerbaijan was caused by
> the prejudiced and biased policy of the Communist
> Party and the Government
> of the Soviet Union towards the people of
> Azerbaijan. Soviet authorities’
> connivance at the Armenian expansionists, who
> claimed a part of the
> territory of Azerbaijan, compelled the people of
> Azerbaijan to defend the
> territorial integrity of their country. Such a
> policy of the Soviet leaders
> led also to the expulsion in 1988-1989 of 200.000 of
> Azerbaijanis from
> Armenia. Not a single Soviet mass media entity
> touched upon this crime and
> the tragedy of the Azerbaijanis in Armenia passed
> over in silence.
> Bloody events of the period from 1988 to 1990 and
> the tragedy of the Black
> January ushered in a new tragic chapter in the
> policy of mass persecution
> and ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis, which had
> been executed primarily
> in Armenia, and in Azerbaijan itself by Armenian
> nationalists, dashnaks and
> their patrons from the Soviet Communist leadership
> at the beginning of the
> last century. People took into the streets to voice
> their legitimate protest
> against violations of the territorial integrity of
> their homeland by Armenia
> that was openly supported by the then soviet
> leadership, namely Michael
> Gorbachov and his close political and economical
> advisers of Armenian
> nationality like Aganbegyan, Shaghnazarov, Tsitaryan
> and etc.
> In the fall of 1989, the independence movement in
> Azerbaijan had reached an
> incredible momentum with hundreds of thousands of
> people demonstrating for
> the ideals of freedom, independence and sovereignty.
> New democratic forces
> were clearly in control of political agenda and
> stood poised to win the
> upcoming parliamentary elections in March 1990.
> Clearly, the Soviet Army
> descended on Baky simply because the Kremlin was
> determined “to restore
> order” and return the status-quo – to keep the
> regime of the Soviet Empire
> alive in Azerbaijan and anywhere else within the
> boundaries of the former
> Soviet Union.
> The twenty six thousand strong Soviet troops stormed
> the capital of
> Azerbaijan – city of Baky, center of the Azerbaijani
> national independence
> movement – on the night from 19 to 20 January 1990
> in a desperate, brutal
> and yet futile attempt to strangle that national
> movement and stop the
> demise of the Soviet regime in Azerbaijan and to put
> the legitimately
> claiming people under the illegitimate soviet
> disorder of the time.
> The invasion was launched at the midnight and
> committed with ferocity and no
> mercy for children, women and elderly. Helsinki
> Human Rights Watch has
> documented how the Soviet army intentionally ran
> down and crashed unarmed
> peaceful civilians under their tanks. How they
> opened fire at a civilian bus
> that posed no conceivable physical threat, killing
> the driver and many
> passengers. How they attacked hospitals and clearly
> marked ambulances and
> medical personnel assisting the wounded. How they
> randomly sprayed
> residential yards and apartment buildings with
> automatic fire. Finally, how
> they stabbed defenseless civilians to death with
> bayonets. The Wall Street
> Journal editorial of January 4, 1995, stated:
> "It was Mr. Gorbachev's recall, who in January 1990
> chose to defend his use
> of violence against the independence-seeking
> Azerbaijan on the grounds that
> the people of this then-Soviet republic were
> “heavily armed gangs of
> hooligans and drug-traffickers who were
> destabilizing the country and quite
> possibly receiving support from foreign
> governments."
> Black January has become the turning point in the
> history of modern
> Azerbaijan. On January 20, 1990 Azerbaijanis
> acquired their national
> identity. The Soviet invasion failed to achieve its
> aim. The Azerbaijani
> people confronted the tragedy with strength and
> dignity. Every bullet that
> was fired splattered blood across the face of the
> Soviet regime, undermining
> the ideals of communism and totalitarianism. Those
> tanks, armored vehicles,
> automatic rifles and bullets were supposed to have
> scared the nation into
> giving up its dream for independence. But instead,
> the sun rose the next day
> on a very different Azerbaijan more determined than
> ever to pursue its
> dream.
> Unfortunately, the perpetrators of the 20 January
> tragedy went unpunished.
> While the punitive actions against public in
> Tbilisi, Georgia in 1989 and
> Vilnius, Lithuania in 1991 were strongly condemned
> by the Soviet and world
> public, the truth of the Black January received less
> public attention
> through the efforts of the Soviet authorities. The
> Soviet authorities
> removed all files and evidences related to this
> massacre from Azerbaijan.
> The massacre of 20 January was one of the outrageous
> manifestations of the
> totalitarian regime against its own citizen.
> In 1991 Azerbaijan became independent. Today the
> victims of the Black
> January repose in Martyr’s Alley in the capital city
> of Baky. They were
> among the first to sacrifice their lives for freedom
> that Azerbaijan
> nowadays enjoy and those heroes will never be
> forgotten…
> P.S. Please, have a quick look at these sites!
> www.january20.net
> www.azerigenocide.org
> www.khojaly.org
> www.khojaly.org.az
> www.khocaly.s5.com
> www.khojaly.net
> www.karabakh-doc.gen.az
> www.karabakh.org
> www.karabakh-terror.com
> www.come.to/khojaly
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old January 20th, 2006, 17:14
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were you there at the time?

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yes i was 9 years old back then i just remeber i was seating at home for like 4 days
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yes i was 9 years old back then i just remeber i was seating at home for like 4 days
It must have been terrible.

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yup girl from my school died there too
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ohhh,hi my armenian friend thanks god ther's armenian to chat with

hoh what you did armenians do in karabagh was just a fighth ow your president says yeah of course it was fight just they killed poor innocent MUSLIM peoples of course

Armenian genocide just total lie poor turks just crashed armeian rebell and killed only soldiers but armenians say no they killed all armenians yeah am i right of cousrse not
just return our Krabagh that's all then do whatever you want
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Oh, good Lord, who let Armenians- Asers in one room? There will be no end now.
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