A nationwide march was held in Baku on Sunday on the occasion of one of the most heinous and bloodiest tragedies of the 20th century - the Khojaly genocide.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev participated in the march.
The nationwide march, which began from the Azadlyg square in the capital, brought together over 60 thousand people. They gathered to pay tribute to victims of the Khojaly tragedy and draw the attention of the world community to this crime against humanity committed by Armenian aggressors.
Young people who stood along the avenues and streets the tremendous march proceeded had in their hands portraits of innocents victims of the bloody massacre - children, women and elders killed with extreme cruelty - photos depicting abominable scenes of events, which happened 20 years ago, banners demanding to bring to account and punish perpetrators of the tragic events, give an objective political and legal assessment to the massacre at an international level, placards with names and surnames of victims of genocide, saying "The world must recognize the Khojaly genocide", "Justice for Khojaly", "Do not forget Khojaly" "No to Armenian fascism!". Participants of the march had in their hands similar placards as well.
A ceremonial guard of honor was lined up at the monument to the Khojaly genocide victims.
President Ilham Aliyev laid a wreath at the monument to the Khojaly genocide victims and paid respect to the tragedy victims.
Flowers at the monument were laid by Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, Speaker of the Milli Majlis Ogtay Asadov, Head of the Presidential Administration Ramiz Mehdiyev, First Lady of Azerbaijan Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mrs. Leyla Aliyeva.
Flowers at the monument were also placed by state and government officials, members of the Milli Majlis, ministers, heads of committees and companies, representatives of the diplomatic corps, heads of religious confessions as well as residents of Khojaly who escaped the bloody massacre.
Participants of the nationwide march revered with sorrow the memory of victims of the genocide. They chanted slogans "Justice for Khojaly", "Do not forget Khojaly", "Khojaly - genocide of the century".
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