Shakira Shows Armenian Flag at Baku Concert

Shakira during her Baku concert on Saturday

World famous singer Shakira caused a stir at an international soccer tournament in Beku Saturday as she mistakenly held up a Colombian flag upside down giving the impression it was the flag from Armenia.

The Colombian singer took to the stage before the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup Final between France and Korea in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the first time since the announcement of her pregnancy.

She was dressed all in black and displaying what she thought was her native Colombian flag. However the flag, turned backwards, represents Armenia due to it having similar colors as the Colombian flag.

Amnesty International had urged Shakira and Rhianna a week before the concert to open their eyes to recent arrests of journalists, bloggers and activists in Azerbaijan, before their performances in the former Soviet republic this month,.

Amnesty and Sing for Democracy said in a joint letter that it wanted to draw the singer’s attention to human rights and freedom of speech issues in Azerbaijan.

“Both singers should be aware of the situation in the country post-Eurovision,” the letter said, referring to the singing contest in the Azeri capital of Baku in May, which spurred protests and rallies by Azeris demanding democracy.

Authorities in Baku arrested dozens of protesters in May and have since arrested several journalists and political activists.

Rihanna is scheduled to perform in Baku on Saturday, while Shakira performed on Oct. 24.

“Amnesty International believes that the Azerbaijani government should afford all artists, journalists, activists and ordinary citizens the right to express themselves freely without fear of reprisal. We hope that you share our belief,” said the letter to Rihanna and Shakira.

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19 Comments

  1. Alex Postallian said:

    Why would she want to visit that sewer,they dont appreciate anything.

  2. Karine Tovmassian said:

    This is poor journalism. She is holding a Colombian flag, which the author identifies, but still decided to entitle the report as having shown an Armenian flag. The Colombia flag is yellow, blue and red with the yellow color being thicker than the other two panels. Let’s not create a story where there is none.

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  4. Amote said:

    As a proud Armenian I have to ask asbarez.com to edit this article since it’s misleading !
    Shakira never showed an Armenian flag, she accidentally held the colombian flag upside down which caused it to look like an Armenian flag … No flag can resemble the Armenian flag with it’s brilliant tricolore, The red which symbolizes the blood we shed, blue which symbolises our sky and the orange which is the hard work that our ancestors and we put for our great nation. On the other hand the Colombian flag represents Colombia and not Armenia.

    • hayeli said:

      You got everything wrong, its no longer orange, if translated, its apricot color. Also its not sky its freedom, and its not hard work, its hope…

      • Harry said:

        Please, please, please, do not re-symbolize our Yerakouyn Flag. Amote is absolutely correct. It’s Garmir Gabouyd Narinchakouyn. It was just reborn 21 years ago, because we’ve claimed our re-independence of our land/Country, thus, no body and no body is allowed to re-symbolize or rename our Flag that represents our independence since 1918. Don’t make mistake about it.

  5. bigmoustache said:

    why does it only mention their human rights abuses with journalists and activists? what about the war mongering nation that wants to inflict war, occupation and ethnic cleansing on innocent armenian citizens?

    and on another note, why does the international commuity know about azeri IDPs but not the half million armenian IDPs who fled azerbaijan for their lives? we need to step up our pr game

  6. danoog said:

    Pretty sketchy story, Asbarez. Have to agree with the others. I doubt very much Shakira is stupid enough or brave enough to display an Armenian flag while on stage in Baku. It’s kind of funny, but not exactly accurate, is it?

  7. George said:

    Asbarez should be more careful in writing wrong news, it reduces the credibility of Asbarez

  8. GB said:

    Shakira and her unborn baby got free massage by Aliev’s “oily” specialists in a presidential bathtub!!

  9. JIRAYER BADIRYAN said:

    FAR AS I KNOW ARMENIAN FLAG COLOURES ARE RED BLUE & APRICOT,RED SYMBOLIZES BLOOD
    THAT WE SHED IN TURKEY 1 & ONE HALF MILLION ARMENIANS,BLUE IS A SKY & APRICOT IS HARD WORKING NATION THAT WE ARE, J.T.BADIRYAN…

  10. JIRAYR TIGRAN BADIRYAN said:

    FAR AS KNOW ARMENIAN FLAG COLOURES ARE RED.BLOU & APRICOT,RED SYMBOLIZES BLOOD THAT WE SHED IN TURKEY ONE & ONE HALF MILLIONS ARMENIANS FROM 1889,1915 & 1918 TO 1921,BLOU SYMBOLIZES SKIES OVER ARMENIAN & APRICOT IS HARD WORKING NATION THAT WE ARE. J.T.BADIRYAN;;;;;

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