New Julfa Protests Azeri Policies

Armenia’s in New Julfa–Iran joined Tuesday evening worldwide protests against the anti-Armenian policies of Azerbaijan.

Attendees–including the prelate of Isfahan and several Iranian Armenian organizations–gathered in the city’s Ararat hall to mark Azerbaijan’s ongoing pattern of violence against Armenia’s that began with the 1988 pogroms against Armenia’s in Sumgait–and continued during the Karabagh conflict–through the desecration last December of the Armenian cemetery in Old Julfa–Nakhichevan (Azerbaijan).

The latest chapter in Azerbaijan’s aggression against Armenia came in December–2005–when Azeri soldiers destroyed this ancient cemetery–home to more than 10,000 individually carved cross stones (khatchkars).

The historic Armenian cemetery in Julfa includes cross stones dating as far back as the 7th century and is revered as an architectural treasure. International concerns were raised in 2002–when hundreds of the cross stones were destroyed in a similar manner by Azerbaijan.

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