BAKU (ArmRadio)—Late in the evening of May 9, the day before the birth of former Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev, graffiti was found on a statue dedicated him in a park in Baku, Meydan TV reports.
The inscription read: “Happy Slave Day!”
The unknown vandal took the Azerbaijani phrase, “Gül bayramınız mübarək!” and changed the first two letters of the first word and to change its meaning from “Happy Flower Day!” to “Happy Slave Day!”
Flower Day is celebrated every year in large regional Azerbaijani cities on the 10th of May to coincide with the birthday of the former president of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev.
Every year in preparation for the holiday, the government spends tens of millions of dollars on flowers from Holland, Italy, France, Turkey, China and other countries. This has elicited criticism and contempt from civil society.