Iranian Police Halt Azeri Protest at Armenian Embassy

TEHRAN (Armenpress)–Iranian police Thursday did not allow Azeris to protest in front of the Armenian Embassy. Azeri groups wanted to demonstrate against the so-called massacre of Azeri in Khodjalu. A representative from the Baku-based "National Blossom of Southern Azerbaijan" Aghri Gharadaghli told the Azeri Novosti-Azerbaijan news agency that during the rally clashes took place between the participants and the police. Law enforcement officials managed to drive away the protesters but the protest continued. Police detained six activists of the rally. Gharadaghli said that four of the detained activists were released. The case of another one was referred to Iranian prosecutors. In order to cover up their crimes–especially the massacres of Armenia’s in Sumgait, Kirovabad and Baku in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, as well as the forced deportation of Armenia’s from the Shahumyan district of Karabakh–and to further their anti-Armenian propaganda, Azeri officials continue to point to events in Kodjalu and Aghdam during the military phase of the Karabakh liberation struggle. The two Azeri cities were used by Azeri armed units to attack the Armenian civilian population in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, whose armed forces successfully neutralized those efforts and liberated those territories. Also Thursday, about 100 people in Baku attacked the office of Real Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani Day newspapers, demanding that the chief editor of the newspapers Eynulla Fatuliyeva be deprived of citizenship and be driven away from Azerbaijan. The Azeri Turan news agency stated that the rally was organized because Fatuliyeva’s statemen’s that the Khodjalu refugees were executed and their bodies were disfigured by Azeri forces and not Armenia’s as Azeris insist. The news agency reported that protesters broke the windows of the office and threw eggs at the office. The police watched the attack without interfering, the agency reported.

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