Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 January / corr Trend S.Agayeva / Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev paid a tribute at the Cemetery of Martyrs on the National Morning Day on 20 January to commemorate the national heroes who sacrificed their lives for the liberation and independence of the country.
The head of state put a wreath on the Eternal Fire, met with members of the shahid families and accepted condolences from the diplomatic corps.
Commemoration of 20 January tragedy's victims is being held in Azerbaijan. 20 January 1990 is a day, which went down in history of the struggle for the freedom and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, as a heroism page. Leading of the battle divisions of the Soviet army aimed against wide mass who got out in the streets and squares of Baku to protest against aggressive actions of Armenia, which was raising territorial claims to our country, against protection rendered to this country by the government of the former USSR had brought to the unprecedented tragedy in Azerbaijan.
On those terrible days valiant sons and daughters of our Motherland, the country's freedom, honor and dignity of whom was above all, sacrificed their own lives and rose to the top of shahid. Tragedy of January 20 , which brought to huge losses and destruction of innocent people, demonstrated martial spirit, inexorability and pride of our nation, which couldn't stand the policy of the government of Gorbachev headed criminal empire treacherous towards Azerbaijan, intended to the freedom and independence. As a result of it, we gained our independence many years we had been dreaming of and our country had achieved sovereignty.
In spite of the fact that a few years has passed since those bloody days, our nation remembers that dreadful night and expresses its deep contempt to those who committed that tragedy. Our republic celebrates the day of tragedy of January 20 broadly every year, which had immortalized in the vital memory of our nation as a Day of the Nationwide Sorrow.