March 31 is the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijani people. 104th anniversary of the genocide against Azerbaijanis.
March 31 is the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijani people
The complex was visited by approximately 15,000 people today, March 31, in commemoration of the 104th anniversary of the genocide against Azerbaijanis.
On March 30 and April 3, 1918, Baku Soviet and Dashnak Armenian armed forces brutally massacred Azerbaijani people in Baku city and various regions of Baku province, as well as in Shamakhi, Guba, Khachmaz, Lankaran, Hajigabul, Salyan, Zangazur, Karabakh, Nakhchivan and other areas. According to official sources, about 12 thousand Azerbaijani people in Baku were brutally killed and tens of thousands went missing as a result of this genocide .
In order to bring to attention the atrocity of this massacre, the materials of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, Extraordinary Commission of Inquiry, which existed in 1918-1920, show that about 8 thousand civilians were killed in Shamakhi in March-April of 1918. Most cultural monuments, including Shamakhi Juma Mosque were burned and destroyed.
On March 31, 2022, the State Service for Protection, Development and Restoration of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan Republic and the "Genocide Memorial Complex" in Guba organized a commemorative event dedicated to the 104th anniversary of the March 31 genocide of Azerbaijanis. Mr. Azad Jafarli, Chief of of the State Service for Protection, Development and Restoration of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan Republic, Mr. Ziyaddin Aliyev, Head of the Executive Power of Guba Region, Ms. Tugba Sarayonlu, Representative of the Turkish Embassy in Azerbaijan, Archeology, Ethnography, and Anthropology of ANAS Director General of the Institute, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Abbas Seyidov, Ph.D Rakhshanda Bayramova, Director of the Genocide Memorial Complex in Guba, state and government officials, community leaders of national minorities living in the country and media representatives attended. Participants of the event first visited the monument to National Leader Heydar Aliyev, and then laid flowers at the monument to the victims of the genocide at the Memorial Complex.
In addition to visiting the complex's museum, participants were introduced to exhibitions based on the 1905 genocides brought from the National Archives of the Republic of Turkey, as well as photos of religious and cultural monuments destroyed in liberated territories, as well as books and booklets on the 1918 genocide.
A minute of silence was observed at the start of the event in memory of the genocide victims, as well as the sons of the Fatherland who died for the freedom and sovereignty of our lands. There were speeches about heinous crimes of aggressive Armenian nationalists against our people in the twentieth century, such as the acts of mass genocide on national and ethnic grounds and the complete annihilation of Azerbaijanis in the Baku province in March 1918.
Tens of thousands of people visited the Guba Genocide Memorial Complex, where they laid flowers at the "Memorial Monument" erected in memory of the genocide victims.
We commemorate the memory of the genocide victims with respect and wish God`s mercy upon them.