20 January Tragedy Victims Commemorated in London
Great Britain, London, 20 January / Тrend corr G. Ahmadova / The victims of the 20th January tragedy were commemorated in London at the event organized by the Azerbaijani Embassy in Great Britain and the Azerbaijani Youth Club.
The films about the bloody events of the Black January were demonstrated at the commemoration meeting. The students of the first London-based Azerbaijani School Caspian-Khazri recited poems dedicated to the victims of the tragedy.
The representatives of the Azerbaijani and Turkish community in GB, as well as youth and students, were in attendance.
On 20 January 1990 at 12.20am the Soviet Army comprised of 20,000 soldiers was brought to Baku without announcement of emergency situation. As a result of cruel actions with respect to the civilians who went out to protest against the violation of the Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, unfair and biased policy by the USSR leadership with respect to the people of Azerbaijan, 131 people were killed. The victims were 117 Azerbaijanis, 6 Russians, 3 Jews and 3 Tatars. Some 744 people suffered injuries, 4 were missed and 400 were arrested. After the issuing the emergency situation on 20 January, 21 people more were killed. The victims in Neftchala and Lankaran Districts numbered 25-26 people.