Memory of Black January victims to be honored
By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall will pay tribute to the memory of the victims of Black January.
The memorial concert will be held on January 19. Co-organized by the Culture Ministry and the Philharmonic Hall, the event is timed to the 32nd anniversary of the January 20 tragedy.
The State Symphony Orchestra will perform at the concert under the baton of the People's Artist Rauf Abdullayev. The concert will feature music pieces by Gara Garayev, Azer Rzayev and Agshin Alizadeh.
On January 20, 1990, hundreds of civilians were crushed or injured by the Soviet troops in Baku, upon an order from the USSR leadership that was trying to maintain the Communist regime in Azerbaijan and strangle the national liberation movement.
The invasion was launched at midnight and was committed with brutality. Some 137 people were killed, 611 were wounded, 841 were illegally arrested, and five went missing as a result of the intrusion of troops into Baku and other regions of the country.
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