The Azerbaijani community in Madrid, with the collaboration of the Embassy of this country, commemorated last Friday the Genocide Day against Azerbaijanis, in which every March 31 are recalled “the massacres and acts of vandalism of a massive nature perpetrated in March and April 1918 by ‘dashnaka’ formations in the city of Baku and its adjacent towns”, according to a statement sent to The Diplomat.
At the beginning of the event a minute of silence was observed in homage to the victims of the genocide, “in which tens of thousands of civilians were killed for ethnic and religious reasons, while cultural monuments, historic buildings and mosques were destroyed”, the note adds.
The representative of the Azerbaijani community, Dzalal Erkin, stressed that “for centuries the Armenian nationalists perpetrated an ethnic cleansing against the Azerbaijani people, with deportations and crimes against humanity”.
Erkin stressed that the measures taken by the leaders of the country, mainly the Decree signed by the national leader Heydar Aliyev on March 26, 1998, played a key role in revealing new facts about the crimes committed by the Armenian armed formations and to discover graves of Azerbaijanis in Guba”.
Finally, a documentary dedicated to the genocide of 1918 was screened.