A demonstration on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of Sumgait and Baku pogroms was held at Liberty square in Yerevan. As Panorama.am reports, the participants chanted “No territories to give away”. The commemorative event started at Tstsernakaberd memorial complex, where the participants laid flowers at the monument of the innocent victims of the massacres. Then, the participants marched to the Liberty Square.
One of the organizers of the protest action, the head of “Armenian National Guard” NGO Arshak Zakaryan told reporters. “We are speaking on behalf of the Armenian nation and say the no power in Armenia is authorized to compromise on territories. Our message is addressed to the current Prime Minister and all future authorities. Whenever they go for talks, they should consider the Armenian nation will never reconcile with an idea of giving away territories,” Zakaruyan said.
To remind, from 1988 to 1990, the Armenian population in Soviet Azerbaijan was the target of racially motivated pogroms in the cities of Sumgait (February 27-29, 1988), Kirovabad (November 21-27, 1988, Baku (January 13-19, 1990) and Maragha (April 10, 1992).