100th anniversary of 1918 Genocide against Azerbaijani people commemorated in Los Angeles (PHOTO)

100th anniversary of 1918 Genocide against Azerbaijani people commemorated in Los Angeles (PHOTO)

A memorial event dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the March Genocide against Azerbaijani people was held at the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles on March 27, 2018.

The event, organized by the Consulate General, was attended by members of the Azerbaijani community, Consuls General of various foreign countries, well-known scientific and cultural figures, journalists, as well as leaders of Jewish, Turkish, Pakistani, Iranian, Vietnamese and Hispanic communities.

Opening the event, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev welcomed the guests and talked about the history of the genocide committed against Azerbaijanis in 1918.

Aghayev noted that following the October Revolution in Russia in 1917, Baku was invaded by Bolshevik forces, who created an alliance with Armenian Dashnaks.

“Baku was the main target for Bolsheviks because of its vast oil reserves. As Vladimir Lenin famously said, ‘Bolshevism can not survive without Baku oil’,” Aghayev said.

“However the main obstacle to the full and unimpeded control of Baku was the city’s Azerbaijani Muslim population. So the Bolsheviks and Armenian Dashnaks decided to resort to the ‘final solution’ of the ‘problem’. Between March 30 and April 2, 1918, Armenian Dashnaks, assisted by Bolsheviks (led by Armenian Communist Stepan Shaumyan), subjected the entire Muslim population of Baku to a brutal genocide, killing at least 12,000 Azerbaijanis, many of whom were women and children.That’s how one of the first genocides of the 20th century was committed,” Aghayev said.

“The violence against Azerbaijanis was not contained only to Baku. Thousands of Azerbaijanis were massacred in other regions of Azerbaijan, including in the Quba region. Muslims were not the only victims. Around 3000 Azerbaijani Mountain Jews were also killed by Armenian Dashnaks. The reason? Because Jews sided with Azerbaijani Muslims, with whom they had lived in harmony for centuries, against Azerbaijan’s Bolshevik-Dashnak occupation,” the Consul General added.

Aghayev stressed that in 2007, a mass grave containing bones and skulls of many Jewish and Muslim victims of the 1918 Quba Genocide was unearthed near the Jewish Red Town in Azerbaijan’s Quba district.

Referring to concrete reports from New York Times and Le Temps, as well as French diplomatic cables from 1920, Aghayev mentioned that the massacre of Azerbaijani civilians continued well into 1920s, including in Armenia itself.

“Despite this 100 year old genocide, as well as the internationally condemned occupation and total ethnic cleansing of 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s sovereign territory by Armenia just 25 years ago, we are not teaching our children the hatred. We are not teaching our children to hate. We are teaching the young generation the values of tolerance, peace and harmony, and multiculturalism,” Aghayev concluded.

In his speech, the American journalist Raoul Lowery Contreras, who authored the California-published books "Murder in the Mountains: War crime in Khojaly and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict" and "Armenian lobby and the U.S. foreign policy” mentioned that he conducted a thorough research on the 1918 March Genocide.

He stressed that back then Baku had only 56,000 Azerbaijani Muslim population (of overall 200,000 city population).

“So the massacre of 12,000 of them meant that one out of every five Azerbaijanis was killed in March 1918. This was a true genocide,” Contreras concluded.

Following the speeches, prayers were read by Muslim, Christian and Zoroastrian faith leaders honoring the victims of the March Genocide, expressing the hope that such tragedies are never repeated again.

Afterwards, American pianist Jason Abrams, Azerbaijani violinist Elvina Gurbanova and Azerbaijani young vocalist, winner of many international music competitions Emin Eminzade performed Azerbaijani and classical music compositions, which were received with much applause by the audience.

Co-op between Iran, Russia to be effective in activating nuclear deal – Rouhani
Co-op between Iran, Russia to be effective in activating nuclear deal – Rouhani
Iran's Natanz nuclear facility continues to operate – AEOI
Iran's Natanz nuclear facility continues to operate – AEOI
Iran wants return to JCPOA's original model - Iranian official
Iran wants return to JCPOA's original model - Iranian official
Loading Bars
Latest
Footage from Azerbaijani Jabrayil's Sadi village (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan, Ukraine discuss full resumption of mutual flights
Oil exports via Barents Sea in Lukoil system increased
Hydrometeorology in Azerbaijan needs young experts for technologies - ministry
Azerbaijan shares latest data on mine clearance work carried out on liberated lands
Co-op between Iran, Russia to be effective in activating nuclear deal – Rouhani
2021 demand for OPEC crude to be higher than in 2020
Assets of Iranian Bank Melli's branch in Azerbaijan increase
On Independence Day eve Israel's population over 9.3m
Iran still waiting for S.Korea to provide solution, release its blocked assets
Azerbaijan issues data on number of COVID-19 vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 2,457 more COVID-19 cases, 2,002 recoveries
OPEC revises up forecasts for Azerbaijan’s 2021 liquids supply
Rosatom can take part in developing green energy in Azerbaijan - expert
Repairing of last well in Iran's Naft Shahr field launched
Iran in favor of strengthening relations with Russia – President Rouhani
Azerbaijan Railways builds co-op on transiting additional goods
IMF talks forecast of money supply growth in Azerbaijan for 2021-2022
European Hydrogen Backbone’s updated cost revealed
IMF predicts growth for Azerbaijan's oil, non-oil GDP
Cargo movements in Iran’s Qeshm port down
Azerbaijan expects tourism sector to recover by summer
Plan on budget revenues surpassed in Kazakhstan
Scotland to ease some COVID-19 restrictions early
Around 70% of European infrastructure to start transporting hydrogen
U.S. will base 500 additional troops in Germany
Russia documents 8,173 coronavirus cases in past day, lowest figure since September 28
Kazakhstan names value of payments of compulsory vehicle insurance
Iran's mobile phone imports increase
Azerbaijani president signs order on hosting European Football Championship matches in Baku
Kazakhstan drafts pricing rules for exported crude oil, gas condensate
Retail trade indicators decrease in Kazakhstan
Kazakh Gas Refinery opens tender to buy spares
Kazakhstan records decrease in oil output
Belarusian IT company keen to expand its activities in Azerbaijan's transport sector
Iran’s Jam Petrochemical Company announces its production plan
Uzbekistan building modern wastewater treatment facility at Uzbekneftegaz GTL plant
Kazakh Gas Refinery opens tender to buy engines
Russian, Azerbaijani military discuss Iskander-M missile debris in Karabakh region - Russian official
Greece can take slightly more than 1 mcm/d via TAP
President Ilham Aliyev: Liberation of territories will be additional opportunities
President Ilham Aliyev: Armenians did it deliberately in order to erase legacy of Azerbaijani culture in order to erase these territories from our memories
Together with Russian president, we discussed issue about Iskander-M missile – Azerbaijani president
TAP supplies to Greece cause contraction in LNG imports
Kazakhstan attracts investments to develop national parks in Almaty region
European Commission makes statement on TAP
Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency allows flights from Irkutsk to 3 countries
President Ilham Aliyev: I had a strong feeling during negotiations that Armenia doesn’t want a solution
President Ilham Aliyev: I think we need to be more active in order to try to build bridges
ADB focuses on renewable energy projects in Georgia
US eyes to continue negotiations on direct flights with Georgia
Bank of Georgia discusses revised outlook for country’s economic growth in 2021
Anabechdi company plans to produce textile in Georgia
Georgia to receive significant funds from IMF
Azerbaijan reveals 2M2021 data lending to energy, chemistry, natural resources sector
Georgian E-Space company looks to export its software
Death toll from coronavirus pandemic in Iran exceeds 65,000
Amount of Georgian bonds held by foreign investors up
JSC "Georgian Railway" reveals financial indicators for 2020
Uzbekistan, Russia discussing joint projects on aircraft construction
Iran's propane gas exports shrink
Armenia committed ecological terror during occupation of Azerbaijani lands - Ecology ministry
India, EU reiterate commitment to democracy, freedom and respect for human rights
Bangladesh: Multinational military exercise 'Shantir Ogroshena 2021' concludes
Turkey’s export of grains, legumes to Iran jumps
PM Modi to inaugurate virtual Raisina Dialogue, 50 countries to participate
US to support Georgian farmers, small business owners through agrotourism
External merchandise trade down in Georgia
New buildings of Turkmen Turkmenbasy, Senagat banks opened
Turkey's 1Q2021 export of chemical products sees increase
Iran's polyethylene exports rise
Georgia assists new ferroalloy enterprise in Terjola through "Produce in Georgia" program
Azerbaijan issues data on compulsory non-life insurance for Feb.2021
Foreign currency demand of Azerbaijani banks rebounds
Azerbaijan's revenues from customs duties increase
Azerbaijan's Feb.2021 lending to agriculture grows
Azerbaijani Customs Committee increases transfers to state budget for March 2021
Air France-KLM prices capital hike at 4.84 euros per share
Value of Uzbekistan's 1Q2021 import of Turkish ready-made clothes up
Volume of loaded, unloaded cargo in Iran’s Amirabad port decreases
Iran boosts pistachio exports
Azerbaijan to restore hydrological observation network in liberated Karabakh
Iran declares data on methanol exports
Iran ta launch several water and electricity facilities
Azerbaijan sees decrease in prices for gold, silver
Azerbaijan's Digital Trade Hub working on advancing business opportunities
Azerbaijani oil prices increase
Azerbaijan shares footage from Zangilan's Sarygyshlagh village (VIDEO)
Iranian currency rates for April 13
We cannot establish this interaction unilaterally – President Aliyev
We count on using Italian experience in developing agriculture on liberated territories – President Aliyev
From very first days of reconstruction, we invited Italian companies – President Aliyev
Baku Higher Oil School hosts opening ceremony of 2nd International Student Research and Science Conferences (PHOTO)
Italy is our very close friend and partner – President Aliyev
Conflict is resolved, and we need to look into future – President Aliyev
New Ambassador of Ukraine appointed in Turkmenistan
Georgia sees significant increase in COVID-19 cases
We need to concentrate on some elements, which can lead to future reconciliation - President Aliyev
Azerbaijan was conducting not just war of 21st century, but also war of new morality – President Aliyev
Azerbaijan was always interested in finding soonest solution to conflict – President Aliyev
All news