Demonstration to commemorate March 31 - Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis to be held in Berlin
Azerbaijan, Baku, 29 March / Trend, I. Izzet /
Azerbaijani societies and the Azerbaijani Diaspora based in Germany will honor the victims of the genocide committed on March 31, 1918 through holding various events and activities, according to the press service of the State Committee for Work with the Diaspora.
The Azerbaijan House in Berlin, the Coordination Center of Azerbaijanis in Germany (KTSAG) and the German-Azerbaijani Youth Association are planning to hold a joint event which will be organized on March 31 in the center of Berlin, in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
Following the demonstration, "an evening in memory of the victims of genocide" will be held at the Azerbaijan House with the support of the Azerbaijani embassy in Germany. Organizers urge their compatriots in Germany to take part in this action to convey the injustice against the people of Azerbaijan to the German public as well as to show them the unity and solidarity of the Azerbaijani Diaspora.
On March 1918, the Armenian Dashnaks led by Stepan Shaumyan committed the ruthless act of genocide against the Azerbaijani people. According to the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), 700,000 people fell victim to the genocide in Azerbaijan within several days in 1918, starting March 24. As a result, 75 villages in Shamakhi, 122 in Guba and 115 in Zangezur were completely destroyed.
According to a decree signed in 1998 by the National Leader Heydar Aliyev, the memories of victims of the genocide are honored every year on March 31.