Demonstrations on anniversary of Shusha's occupation held in Baku and Azerbaijani regions
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 8 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
The Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) held demonstrations in Baku and Azerbaijani regions on the 17th anniversary of Shusha's occupation by Armenia.
On May 8, the KLO activists visited the Martyrs' Lane in Baku. The participants of the demonstrations which held under a slogan of "No Karabakh without Shusha, no Azerbaijan without Karabakh!" protested against double standards of international organizations, the KLO said on May 8.
Some 500 activists of the KLO held the demonstration in Imishli which resulted in a demonstration at the Martyrs' Lane. The KLO members also visited the Martyrs' Lane in Agsu, Shaki, Mingachevir and other regions and held a mourning ceremony.
Located in the Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani city of Shusha was occupied by the Armenians on May 8 in 1992. Hundreds of civilians died, about 60 civilians were taken hostage and missing during the occupation. There are women and children among the dead, wounded and taken hostage. Many of them have not yet been released. As a result of the occupation, around 22,000 people became refugees. Some 248 historic sites, eight museums, an art gallery, a mausoleum, eight music schools, dozens of cultural sites, protected by the state are under occupation in Shusha.
The KLO said the police did not allow holding protest actions in some cities.
"We held march to the Martyrs' Lane and demonstration in Ganja, despite police's resistance. The police stopped attempts to hold demonstrations, distribute papers, burn the Armenian flag in Sumgayit and most of the participants of the demonstration were arrested and taken to the police offices. The police stopped attempts to hold demonstrations and mourning ceremony in Barda, Agdam and Terter regions," the KLO reported.
The KLO condemned local executive powers and police offices due to their violent actions and preventing holding the demonstration.
The KLO was established in Baku on Jan. 28 in 2000 to organize public struggle for the liberation of Karabakh from Armenian occupation. Akif Nagi, the candidate of historical sciences, is the head of the organization. Organization unites 10,000 people including intelligentsia, refugees and internally displaced persons, youths, former servicemen and officers. KLO has 74 local departments in Azerbaijan and representatives in many countries.
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