Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev paid a tribute at the Cemetery of Martyrs in Baku on Friday (20 January), Trend reports. The head of state put a wreath at the Memorial to Martyrs. The payers were made and the state anthem of Azerbaijan was played.
President Aliyev was accompanied by the heads of government, parliament and state establishments. Representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Baku voiced their condolences in connection with the tragic day.
On 19 January 1990, the President of the USSR, Mikhael Gorbachov, violating Article 119 of the Constitution of USSR, Article 71 of the Constitution of Azerbaijan SSR, signed a decree on declaration of the state of emergency in Baku on 20 January. Over a few days 137 people were killed, around 700 injured and over 800 arrested.