Azerbaijan honors memory of martyrs of January 20 tragedy by minute of silence (UPDATE)

Society 20 January 2022 12:56 (UTC +04:00)

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BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 20


The road traffic in Azerbaijan was stopped in the afternoon for one minute in memory of the victims of the January 20 tragedy, Trend reports.

Ships in the Baku Bay, cars on the roads, and trains honked in memory of the victims of the bloody events.

State flags are flown at half-mast as a sign of mourning.

The memory of the martyrs on January 20 was honored at the Koroglu Transport Exchange Center by a minute of silence. The Baku Transport Agency stopped the movement of buses, which honked.

On January 20, 1990, a bloody massacre was committed against civilians who had taken to the streets and squares in protest at Armenia's territorial claims against Azerbaijan and the biased policy of the former USSR leadership.

On the night of January 19-20, 1990, 147 people were killed, 744 were injured and 841 were illegally arrested after Soviet troops entered Baku. The Soviet troops also destroyed 200 apartments and houses, as well as private and public property.

January 20 is immortalized in the memory of the Azerbaijani nation as a Day of the Nationwide Sorrow.